Definition of absorbing 

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

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Other Words from absorbing

absorbingly \ -​biŋ-​lē \ 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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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 The show is a terrifically important addition to our art historical knowledge of the era, as lively and absorbing as its descriptive but rather dry title is not. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 The other absorbing picture is not much more than an oil sketch, perhaps dashed off on site around 1884 for later elaboration in the artist’s studio. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 An absorbing game followed that was eventually settled in extra time by a superb volley from Maxi Rodríguez, a strike as spectacular as Cambiasso’s goal had been impressive. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - What if Juan Roman Riquelme Hadn’t Been Substituted?," 13 June 2018 And Gase wasn’t talking about Tannehill, who is apparently absorbing things more quickly than ever. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill showcasing knowledge in offseason workouts," 5 June 2018 Two of them — Harry and Stella — are the focus of Ms. Wang’s astute and absorbing film. New York Times, "Review: ‘Maineland’ Considers America With Help From Chinese Students," 14 Mar. 2018 Writer-director Jim McKay has a way of making the everyday seem exceptional, of seeing the absorbing drama in what can sound like ordinary lives. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "'En el Séptimo Día' (On the Seventh Day) shines a light on the everyday lives of Mexican immigrants," 14 June 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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