: to take in (something, such as water) in a natural or gradual way
: to take in (knowledge, attitudes, etc.) : acquire, learn
… convictions absorbed in youth … M. R. Cohen
: use up, consume
The fever absorbed her strength. His work absorbs all his time and attention.
: to take in and make part of an existent whole
the capacity of a country to absorb new immigrants
: to engage or engross wholly
an interest that absorbs her completely
: to receive without recoil or echo
provided with a sound-absorbing surface
: assume, bear
The expenses were absorbed by the company.
: to transform (radiant energy) into a different form especially with a resulting rise in temperature
The earth absorbs the sun's rays.
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2022
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