To cause or suffer to lie in a fluid till the substance has imbibed what it can contain; to macerate in water or other liquid; to steep, as for the purpose of softening or freshening; as, to soak cloth; to soak bread; to soak salt meat, salt fish, or the like.
To drench; to wet thoroughly.
To draw in by the pores, or through small passages; as, a sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.
To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; -- often with through.
Fig.: To absorb; to drain.
To lie steeping in water or other liquid; to become sturated; as, let the cloth lie and soak.
To enter (into something) by pores or interstices; as, water soaks into the earth or other porous matter.
I think the reason that swearing is both so offensive and so attractive is that it is a way to push people's emotional buttons, and especially their negative emotional buttons. Because words soak up emotional connotations and are processed involuntarily by the listener, you can't will yourself not to treat the word in terms of what it means. Steven Pinker
In order to have good fried chicken, you should wash and season the bird the morning you're preparing it for dinner. Don't wait and do it right before you start cooking. Throw it in the refrigerator, seasoned, that morning, and give it a chance to soak up all the salt and pepper and goodness. Paula Deen