To immerse in liquid for a period of time: Soak the beans in water before cooking. To make thoroughly wet or saturated: I soaked the flowers with the hose. We got soaked by the rain. To absorb (liquid, for example) through pores or interstices: Use the bread to soak up the gravy. To be exposed to: went to the beach to soak up the sun. Informal To experience or take in mentally, especially eagerly and easily: soaked up the music scene. To remove (a stain, for example) by continued immersion: soaked out the grease spots. Informal To drink (alcoholic liquor), especially to excess. To make (a person) drunk. Slang To charge (a person) an inordinate amount for something: people were getting soaked during the gas shortage. To be immersed in liquid: The beans are soaking. To seep into or permeate something: Water soaked into the soil. To be taken in mentally: The speaker paused to let her words soak in. Slang To drink to excess. The act or process of soaking: had a long soak in the bath. Liquid in which something may be soaked. Slang A drunkard.