(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. wet, drench, saturate, steep; absorb; permeate; drink, tipple; slang, overcharge, bleed. See water, moisture, dryness, drinking, dearness.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To drench]
Syn. drench, wet, immerse, immerge, merge, dip, water, imbrue, infiltrate, percolate, permeate, drown, saturate, impregnate, pour into, pour on, wash over, flood; see also cover 8 , moisten .
2. [To remain in liquid]
Syn. steep, imbue, macerate, soften, be saturated, be infiltrated, be permeated, be pervaded, infuse, sink into, waterlog.
3. [To absorb]
Syn. dry, sop, mop; see absorb 1 .
Syn.- soak implies immersion in a liquid, etc. as for the purpose of absorption, thorough wetting, softening, etc. [ to soak bread in milk ] ; saturate implies absorption to a point where no more can be taken up [ air saturated with moisture ] ; drench implies a thorough wetting as by a downpour [ a garden drenched by the rain ] ; steep usually suggests soaking for the purpose of extracting the essence of something [ to steep tea ] ; impregnate implies the penetration and permeation of one thing by another [ wood impregnated with creosote ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
saturate, wet, drench, douse, souse, steep, sop, impregnate, drown, flood, permeate, submerge, immerse.
ANT.: dry, dehydrate, desiccate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To make thoroughly wet: douse, drench, saturate, sodden, sop, souse, wet. See DRY. 2. To saturate (something) with a liquid: steep2. Chemistry: infuse. See DRY. 3. To take in (moisture or liquid). Also used with up : absorb, drink, imbibe, sop up, take up. See GIVE. 4. Informal. To take in and incorporate, especially mentally. Also used with up: absorb, assimilate, digest, imbibe, take up. See ACCEPT. 5. Informal. To take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually: drink, guzzle, imbibe, tipple. Informal: nip2. Slang: booze, lush2, tank up. Idioms: bend the elbow, hit the bottle. See DRUGS. 6. Slang. To exploit (another) by charging too much for something: fleece, overcharge. Slang: clip1, gouge, nick, rip off, scalp, skin. Idioms: make someone pay through the nose, take someone for a ride, take someone to the cleaners. See HONEST. II noun Slang. A person who is habitually drunk: drunk, drunkard, inebriate, sot, tippler. Slang: boozehound, boozer, lush2, rummy1, souse, sponge, stiff. See DRUGS.

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