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1. To seep, penetrate, or absorb in (to something). It takes a few hours for the mixture to soak in. If moisture soaks into the floorboards, it could cause them to warp or rot.
2. To be immersed in some substance, especially so as to absorb or be saturated by it. Let the beans soak in the stock to become soft and flavorful. The letters had been soaking in a puddle, so the writing was completely illegible.
3. To immerse someone or something in some substance so as to make them or it thoroughly wetted or saturated. A noun or pronoun is used between "soak" and "in." You want to soak the ham in water overnight to help draw some of the salt out of the meat. They soak you in a tub full of warm mud for half an hour. It sounds gross, but it's really relaxing!
4. To become understood; to make a lasting impression or memory. The gravity of what happened in this field 200 years ago didn't soak in until we saw actors recreating the war as it would have been fought. I was so stunned that none of what the police officer told me soaked in.
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To draw something out of something else through immersion in some substance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "soak" and "out." You want to leave the ham in water overnight to help soak some of the salt out of the meat. If you drop your phone in water, you can soak out some of the damaging moisture by stuffing it into a jar of dry rice. I'm trying to soak this red wine stain of my dress before the party on the weekend.
To remove something, such as a stain, by continued immersion: She threw her shirt in a tub of water to soak out the pasta sauce before it set. The ink stain looked permanent, but he tried to soak it out anyway.