soak up

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.soak up - take in, also metaphoricallysoak up - take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
mop, mop up, wipe up - to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
blot - dry (ink) with blotting paper
sponge up - absorb as if with a sponge; "sponge up the spilled milk on the counter"
2.soak up - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
immerse, plunge - cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
drink in, drink - be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
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1. To make thoroughly wet:
2. To saturate (something) with a liquid:
Chemistry: infuse.
3. To take in (moisture or liquid).Also used with up:
4. Informal. To take in and incorporate, especially mentally.Also used with up:
5. Informal. To take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually:
Informal: nip.
Slang: booze, lush, tank up.
Idioms: bend the elbow, hit the bottle .
6. Slang. To exploit (another) by charging too much for something:
Idioms: make someone pay through the nose, take someone for a ride , take someone to the cleaners .
phrasal verb
soak in
To come as a realization:
dawn on (or upon), register, sink in.
Slang. A person who is habitually drunk:
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vt sep liquidaufsaugen; sunshinegenießen; alcoholin sich (acc)hineinkippen; sound, money, resourcesschlucken; (fig) atmospherein sich (acc)hineinsaugen; informationaufsaugen
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(səuk) verb
1. to (let) stand in a liquid. She soaked the clothes overnight in soapy water.
2. to make very wet. That shower has completely soaked my clothes.
3. (with in, ~into, ~through etc) (of a liquid) to penetrate. The blood from his wound has soaked right through the bandage.
soaked adjective
(often with through). She got soaked (through) in that shower.
rain-soaked / blood-soaked clothing
ˈsoaking adjective
very wet. She took off her soaking garments.
soaking wet
soaking; very wet. I've washed my hair and it's still soaking wet.
soak up
to draw in or suck up; to absorb. You'd better soak that spilt coffee up with a cloth.
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She rounded off the night with Soak up the Sun and Real Gone - best known to parents in the crowds as the opening soundtrack to the Pixar movie Cars.
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Uber: Wedding-related travels which include pick-up and drop facilities for guests, soak up a major chunk of time and efforts of hosts.
And to add to the madness going on as clubbers soak up the Academy atmosphere, there will also be a bungee run, ball pits and space hoppers.
Try your hand at archery, or just soak up the sights, sounds and smells of life centuries ago.