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

Definition of absorbing

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

Other Words from absorbing

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

Examples of absorbing in a Sentence

shell collecting can be so absorbing that you don't notice the tide coming in
Recent Examples on the Web Sequences like these are the best parts of the Hulu show—the funniest, the most absorbing and surprising. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti American who’s made some of the most absorbing and transportive electronic music of the last decade. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2021 But the most absorbing composition is Number 196T (2019). Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2020 Below are the essentials for more absorbing gameplay. Popular Science, 22 Apr. 2020 All this is absorbing enough without generating much in the way of real terror, tension or surprise. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2020 Whereas some Infiniti vehicles—including the previous generation of this one—have been overly flinty, the ride quality here is relaxed but not lazy, absorbing road imperfections while maintaining secure and stable body control. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2020 Python [the high-level, general-purpose programming language] is so absorbing. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2019 There has to have been one played at a higher standard, one richer in drama and more absorbing. Rory Smith, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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“Absorbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbing. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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