ab·​sorbed əb-ˈsȯrbd How to pronounce absorbed (audio)
: 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
absorbedly adverb
… but Miss Isaacs keeps the plot boiling, and mostly one is reading too absorbedly to notice. Anna Shapiro

Examples of absorbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blanket repels dirt and pet hair, shakes sand off easily, and amazed us during the spill test when liquid pooled instead of absorbed and was easily blotted, leaving no stain behind. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 13 Oct. 2023 As the refrigerant expands, a pump takes it away, and a radiator dumps its absorbed heat. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorbed was in 1722

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“Absorbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbed. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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