Video appunto: Thaw and Soak


Thaw means melt, dissolve, or soften, gradually, as a result of increasing temperatures. When something is completely melted or softened, you can say it has thawed out.
The leg of lamb that Mrs Molloy got from the deep freeze was frozen solid, but she knew that it would thaw quickly in a warm oven, and would probably not take too long to cook thoroughly.

I took the chicken out of the freezer in the morning and put the package in a bowl of water so that it would be thawed out by the time I would need to cook dinner that evening.
Thawed out can also be used metaphorically. If someone or something has become gradually nicer or more agreeable, you can say that he or she has thawed out. Thaw also functions as a noun, meaning the period of time, usually during the spring, in which winter ice and snow melts away.
After an especially tense and awkward initial meeting, relations between my parents and my fiancee's parents eventually thawed out, thanks to the fact that both her father and my father are New York Giants football fans.
Our dog's favourite toy was lost in the snow this morning. I guess we won't find it until the spring thaw, so he'll have to chew on something else!


When you soak something, you immerse it or place it in contact with liquid until it has become saturated. When something is thoroughly wet, we say it is soaked.
When making Danish meatballs, my husband's grandmother would soak the breadcrumbs in milk before adding them to the ground beef. She said it helped the meatballs to stay moist and tender.
I came out of work and my car wouldn't start, so I had to walk all the way home in the rain. By the time I got home I was completely soaked.
Another way to say that a person is very very wet is to say he or she has been soaked to the skin. Metaphorically, we say that ideas or information can take time to soak in if we have to think about them or get used to them first.
My daughter and her friends always go outside during summer rainstorms and dance in the rain. It's wonderful to see the joy they take in it, but when they've finished, they're soaked to the skin.
Bob said that he wasn't sure about how my idea for the new arrangement of desks in the office would work, and that he needed time to let it soak in.