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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theysoak up
he/she/itsoaks up
present participlesoaking up
past tensesoaked up
past participlesoaked up
  1. 1
    if a dry or soft substance soaks up a liquid, the liquid goes into it

    Use paper towels to soak up the oil.

  2. 2
    informal to spend time experiencing, listening to, or feeling something enjoyable

    We’re having a great time, soaking up the sun.

  3. 3
    informal to use a lot of something such as money or time
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