Definition of absorb
- a sponge absorbs water
- charcoal absorbs gas
- plant roots absorb water
- the capacity of a country to absorb new immigrants
- an interest that absorbs her completely
- absorbed in thought
- The earth absorbs the sun's rays.
a fabric that absorbs sweat
The walls are made of a material that absorbs sound.
absorbing heat from the sun
She is good at absorbing information.
He has retained the values that he absorbed as a young man.
a country that has absorbed many immigrants
smaller countries invaded and absorbed by bigger ones
His interest in photography absorbs him completely.
I was so absorbed by her story that I lost track of time.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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