1 [intransitive and transitive]DFCDHC
if you soak something, or if you let it soak, you keep it covered with a liquid for a period of time, especially in order to make it softer or easier to clean:
Soak the clothes in cold water.
Let the pans soak; I'll wash them later.
soak something off/out (=remove it by soaking)
Put the bottle in soapy water to soak the label off.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
to make something completely wet:
Police aimed water hoses at the marchers, soaking them.
soak through/into etc
The blood soaked through the bandage.
soak something in/with something
a rag soaked with oil
to spend a long time taking a bath:
Soak in a warm bath to relax.
4 [transitive] informalPET
to make someone pay too much money in prices or taxes:
taxes that soak the middle classes
soak something ↔ upphrasal verb
if something soaks up a liquid, it takes the liquid into itself:
He used a towel to soak up the blood.
to sit outside for a long time enjoying the sun
to enjoy a place by watching it or becoming involved in it:
Go to a sidewalk cafe, order coffee, and soak up the atmosphere.
to learn something quickly and easily:
Children soak up language incredibly quickly.