ab·​sorb·​ing | \ əb-ˈsȯr-biŋ How to pronounce absorbing (audio) , -ˈzȯr-\

Definition of absorbing

: fully taking one's attention : engrossing an absorbing novel

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Other Words from absorbing

absorbingly \ əb-​ˈsȯr-​biŋ-​lē How to pronounce absorbingly (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ \ adverb

Examples of absorbing in a Sentence

shell collecting can be so absorbing that you don't notice the tide coming in

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As the hurricane proceeds on its path, the sponge is constantly absorbing water and wringing itself out, producing rain. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change," 28 June 2019 Juxtaposed to these modest yet absorbing faces is a large and spectacular collage. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center," 22 June 2019 The female-driven HBO miniseries, whose popularity and awards appeal catalyzed an absorbing second season that premieres on June 9, was a product of the friendship between two of its executive producers and stars, Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 Instead of directly absorbing energy, electrons can also tunnel through barriers to get to the conduction band. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light," 1 June 2019 The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray (February 19) Half a world away, another sudden loss profoundly shakes a Michigan family in Anissa Gray’s utterly absorbing debut. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 That whole absorbing-the-competition thing also means Icelandair Group will be able to funnel money into Icelandair's global expansion and development as a more competitive premium airline, building out its business class and in-flight amenities. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Icelandair to Buy WOW Air (and Change How We Fly to Iceland)," 5 Nov. 2018 Spatially restricted yet ideologically free-ranging, this thoroughly absorbing documentary, shot mainly inside the apartment, details the family’s rich history within the fluctuating fortunes of Serbian democracy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval," 12 July 2018 The filmmakers and their charmingly sympathetic leads leave us with a picture of connubial needs and desires which, while maybe improbable, conjures up all the absorbing wistfulness of a classic weepie. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "A love letter that’s written in the sand," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of absorbing

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absorbing

from present participle of absorb

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The first known use of absorbing was in 1806

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