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 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 But the most absorbing composition is Number 196T (2019). Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "Intimate Dallas gallery provides unusual treat of artist Leonardo Drew’s work without the crowds," 21 Oct. 2020 Below are the essentials for more absorbing gameplay. Popular Science, "Three game-altering Playstation accessories," 22 Apr. 2020 All this is absorbing enough without generating much in the way of real terror, tension or surprise. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Creepy cult drama ‘The Other Lamb’ spins a beautiful but murky parable of female revenge," 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, "Our 2019 Infiniti QX50 Underwhelms in its Complexity," 10 Mar. 2020 Python [the high-level, general-purpose programming language] is so absorbing. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Rivers Cuomo on His Data-Driven Approach to Weezer," 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, "Spain and Portugal Play a Draw for the Ages, Starring a Player for All Time," 3 Mar. 2018 This soft beckoning was there not only in the piano’s imploring whispers, but in the sumptuous beauty of the strings on a deeply absorbing Adagio. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 2019 That scene is woven into Hunter’s moving, consistently absorbing drama of an Idaho mining town whose identity and history are disappearing, like the faces in an old Polaroid photo. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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“Absorbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbing. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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