to make very wet, or (of liquid) to be absorbed in large amounts
"The wind had blown the rain in and soaked the carpet"
"You'd better wipe up that red wine you've split before it soaks (= is absorbed) into the carpet"
"Blood had soaked through both bandages"
to live something in liquid, especially in order to clean it, soften it, or change its flavor
"You can usually soak out a stain"
"Leave the beans to soak overnight/Let the beans soak overnight"
"Soak the fruit in brandy for a few hours before you add it to the mixture"