Definition of Absorb in English :

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Absorb meaning in English

Meaning of Absorb in English

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1. absorb

become imbued

Example Sentences:
'The liquids, light, and gases absorb'

2. absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in

take up mentally

Example Sentences:
'he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe'

3. absorb, take over

take up, as of debts or payments

Example Sentences:
'absorb the costs for something'

4. absorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up

take in, also metaphorically

Example Sentences:
'The sponge absorbs water well'
'She drew strength from the minister's words'

5. absorb

cause to become one with

Example Sentences:
'The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax'

6. absorb, take in

suck or take up or in

Example Sentences:
'A black star absorbs all matter'

7. absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep

devote (oneself) fully to

Example Sentences:
'He immersed himself into his studies'

8. absorb

assimilate or take in

Example Sentences:
'The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society'

9. absorb, engage, engross, occupy

consume all of one's attention or time

Example Sentences:
'Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of absorb
verb (transitive)
to soak or suck up (liquids)
to engage or occupy (the interest, attention, or time) of (someone); engross
to receive or take in (the energy of an impact)
4. physics
to take in (all or part of incident radiated energy) and retain the part that is not reflected or transmitted
to take in or assimilate; incorporate
to accept and find a market for (goods, etc)
to pay for as part of a commercial transaction
the distributor absorbed the cost of transport
8. chemistry
to cause to undergo a process in which one substance, usually a liquid or gas, permeates into or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
porous solids absorb water
hydrochloric acid absorbs carbon dioxide
Compare adsorb

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see synonyms of absorb
verb transitive
to suck up
blotting paper absorbs ink
to take up the full attention or energy of; engross
to take in and incorporate; assimilate
to assume the burden of (costs or expenses)
to take in (a shock or jolt) with little or no recoil or reaction
to take in and not reflect (light, sound, etc.)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of absorb
tr.v. ab·sorbed, ab·sorb·ing, ab·sorbs
1. To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.
a. To occupy the attention, interest, or time of; engross: The problem completely absorbed her. See Synonyms at engross.
b. To take up or occupy (one's time or interest, for example).
3. To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission.
4. To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream.
5. To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color" (Peter Plagen).
6. To receive (an impulse) without echo or recoil: a fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact.
7. To assume or pay for (a cost or costs).
8. To endure; accommodate: couldn't absorb the additional hardships.
9. To use up; consume: The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.

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