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Definition of 'absorb'


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

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