ab·​sorb·​ing əb-ˈsȯr-biŋ How to pronounce absorbing (audio)
: fully taking one's attention : engrossing
an absorbing novel
absorbingly 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 Priscilla stays true to the facts, as its namesake remembers them, to offer an absorbing look at one of pop culture’s most famous couples. Shannon Carlin, TIME, 3 Nov. 2023 The result is an absorbing, often funny, heartbreaking story that neither sugarcoats nor romanticizes the lives of these women. Daniel Olivas, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 And then there’s the issue of actually measuring how much carbon the oceans are absorbing, which would be essential for separating good projects from bad, and preventing a proliferation of bogus offsetting claims like those that have plagued more traditional efforts like planting trees. TIME, 26 Oct. 2023 And the way this plays out in the movie is absorbing, thrilling, and cheekily satisfying. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 4 Sep. 2023 Kate Troll did not, and this absorbing, compassionate and life-affirming book is the result. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 The oil-free formula is made to be super lightweight and fast absorbing, with the additions of peptides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to further boost hydration and plumpness. ELLE, 31 Aug. 2023 But the most absorbing pieces are those in which Gurba turns her unblinking gaze to life’s cruelties, weaving together disparate threads that somehow hold in the end. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 In the meantime, Gauff is providing a special kind of enjoyment to attentive fans of hers: the pleasure—absorbing, fitful, at times remarkable—of watching so promising and ambitious and captivating a player become. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


from present participle of absorb

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorbing was in 1806

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“Absorbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbing. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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