absorb

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verb ab·sorb \əb-ˈsȯrb, -ˈzȯrb\

Definition of absorb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to take in (something, such as water) in a natural or gradual way a sponge absorbs water charcoal absorbs gas plant roots absorb waterb :  to take in (knowledge, attitudes, etc.) :  acquire, learn … convictions absorbed in youth … — M. R. Cohenc :  use up, consume The fever absorbed her strength. His work absorbs all his time and attention.

  3. 2 :  to take in and make part of an existent whole the capacity of a country to absorb new immigrants

  4. 3 :  to engage or engross wholly an interest that absorbs her completely absorbed in thought

  5. 4a (1) :  to receive without recoil or echo provided with a sound-absorbing surface (2) :  endure, sustain absorbing hardships (3) :  assume, bear The expenses were absorbed by the company.b :  to transform (radiant energy) into a different form especially with a resulting rise in temperature The earth absorbs the sun's rays.

absorbability

play \əb-ˌsȯr-bə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌzȯr-\ noun

absorbable

play \əb-ˈsȯr-bə-bəl, -ˈzȯr-\ adjective

absorber

noun

Examples of absorb in a sentence

  1. a fabric that absorbs sweat

  2. The walls are made of a material that absorbs sound.

  3. absorbing heat from the sun

  4. She is good at absorbing information.

  5. He has retained the values that he absorbed as a young man.

  6. a country that has absorbed many immigrants

  7. smaller countries invaded and absorbed by bigger ones

  8. His interest in photography absorbs him completely.

  9. I was so absorbed by her story that I lost track of time.

Origin and Etymology of absorb

Anglo-French asorbir to swallow up, from Latin absorbēre, from ab- + sorbēre to suck up; akin to Lithuanian surbti to sip, Greek rophein to gulp down


First Known Use: 15th century

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ABSORB Defined for Kids

absorb

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verb ab·sorb \əb-ˈsȯrb, -ˈzȯrb\

Definition of absorb for Students

absorbed

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absorbing

  1. 1 :  to take in or swallow up A sponge absorbs water.

  2. 2 :  to hold the complete attention of She was absorbed by the movie.

  3. 3 :  to receive without giving back The walls of the theater absorb sound.


Medical Dictionary

absorb

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transitive verb ab·sorb \əb-ˈsȯ(ə)rb, -ˈzȯ(ə)rb\

Medical Definition of absorb

  1. 1:  to take up especially by capillary, osmotic, solvent, or chemical action surgical sutures which can be absorbed by the body the blood in the lungs absorbs oxygen

  2. 2:  to transform (radiant energy) into a different form usually with a resulting rise in temperature chlorophyll reflects green light and absorbs the other colors of light

absorbable

\əb-ˈsȯr-bə-bəl, -ˈzȯr-\play play adjective

absorber

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Law Dictionary

absorb

transitive verb ab·sorb

Legal Definition of absorb

  1. 1 :  to make (a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) applicable to the states

  2. 2a :  to bear or assume the burden of expenses were absorbed by the company b :  to lessen the tax liability for has other losses to absorb the income — D. Q. Posin



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