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  Definition of absorb
  1. cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
  2. engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  3. engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"
  4. take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
  5. assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
  6. take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister''s words"
  7. become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
  8. take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"
  9. suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"
Similar Words: engross, engage, occupy, steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, soak up, assimilate, ingest, take in, suck, imbibe, sop up, suck up, draw, take up, take over

 

See Also: attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in, suck in, aspirate

 

Hyponyms: involve, consume, rivet, drink in, drink, imbibe, wipe up, mop up, mop, blot, sponge up, reabsorb, resorb, assimilate, suck, suck in

 

Grouped Verbs: plunge, immerse

 

Derivational Morphology: occupation, business, job, line of work, line, concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersion, preoccupation, preoccupancy, intentness, acculturation, assimilation, learner, scholar, assimilator, drinker, imbiber, toper, juicer, sucking, suck, suction, chump, fool, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug, soaking up, absorber, absorbate, absorbent material, absorbent

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 全神貫注 and 吸入   Dutch: absorberen and verdiepen  
Finnish: imeä   French: absorber  
German: (ganz) in Anspruch nehmen and aufsaugen   Greek: απορροφώ  
Italian: assorbire and assorto   Japanese: 吸う and 吸収する  
Norwegian: absorbere and oppsluke   Portuguese: absorver  
Russian: поглощать   Swedish: absorbera and engagera  
 
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