ab·​sorbed | \ əb-ˈsȯrbd How to pronounce absorbed (audio) , -ˈzȯrbd\

Definition of absorbed

: having one's attention wholly engaged or occupied … was so absorbed in the business of his journey that he never turned his head …— Thomas Hardy I was too absorbed in my own problems and too uninterested in politics to remember that it was also a momentous day in Washington.— Russell Baker

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absorbedly \ əb-​ˈsȯr-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce absorbedly (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ \ adverb
… but Miss Isaacs keeps the plot boiling, and mostly one is reading too absorbedly to notice. — Anna Shapiro

First Known Use of absorbed

1722, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of absorbed was in 1722

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