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Main Entry: 1soak
Pronunciation: primarystresssomacrk
Function: verb
1 a : to lie covered with a liquid b : to place in a liquid to wet or as if to wet thoroughly
2 a : to enter or pass through something by or as if by pores : PERMEATE b : to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings
3 : to draw out by or as if by steeping <soak the dirt out>
4 : to draw in by or as if by suction or absorption <soaked up the sunshine>
5 : to cause to pay too much
- soak·er noun
synonyms SOAK, SATURATE, STEEP, DRENCH mean to pass or to be passed through a liquid. SOAK suggests dunking something in a liquid for a long time in order to soften or clean it <let the dirty rags soak for several hours>. SATURATE stresses soaking something to the point where no more liquid can be absorbed <the sponge is saturated with water>. STEEP applies to the soaking of something so that some part of the thing passes into the liquid <allow the tea to steep for five minutes>. DRENCH suggests a thorough wetting from something that pours down <the rain drenched our clothes>.

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