1 soak up (something) or soak (something) up : to take in (liquid) : ABSORB
The rag soaked up most of the water.
This kind of paper soaks up ink easily.
2 : to enjoy feeling or experiencing (something pleasant) in usually a slow or relaxed way
We went to the beach and soaked up the sun/sunshine all afternoon.
I sat at my table for an hour soaking up [=savoring] the atmosphere of the café.
The performers stood on the stage, soaking up the applause.
3 : to learn and remember (something) quickly
He eagerly soaked up [=took in] every word she said.
She has an ability to soak up new information very quickly.
4 : to use a large amount of (money, supplies, etc.)
This project is soaking up resources that could be used elsewhere.