ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Definition of absorption

1a : the process of absorbing something or of being absorbed absorption of water — compare adsorption
b : interception of radiant energy or sound waves
2 : entire occupation of the mind his absorption in his work

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absorptive \ əb-​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ \ adjective

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Examples of absorption in a Sentence

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system
Recent Examples on the Web On those sidewalk sections, DPW envisions putting in permeable pavers, which are lattice-like layers of concrete that allow absorption of stormwater into underground aquifers. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner, reportedly has carved out a survival plan that would include the absorption of Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and UCF. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 Scientists have also made considerable advances in the development of nanostructured fusion fuel, which greatly increases the absorption of laser energy and thus enhances fusion reactivity. Moritz Von Der Linden, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 During his time at the school, Boseman led a student protest against the absorption of the College of Fine Arts into the larger College of Arts & Sciences, according to the university. NBC News, 4 Sep. 2021 No evidence supports that the carbon dioxide in the water hinders the body’s absorption of the fluid. Serena Coady, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2021 The devices use three different currents that work together to allow for toning and better absorption of skincare products. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Aug. 2021 This increases the absorption of nutrients and also reduces how much energy is needed for sharks to digest their food. Grace Huckins, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 It’s supported with zinc to improve absorption of the vitamin (which itself is pumped into this serum in three different forms). Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of absorption

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for absorption

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French, borrowed from Late Latin absorptiōn-, absorptiō, from absorbēre "to absorb" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Kids Definition of absorption

1 : the process of drawing in or soaking up : absorbing or being absorbed the absorption of water by soil
2 : complete attention


ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce absorption (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorption

1 : the process of absorbing or of being absorbed absorption of nourishment in the small intestine — compare adsorption
2 : interception of radiant energy or sound waves



Legal Definition of absorption

: the application to the states of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution while Powell [v. Alabama] was sometimes described as having absorbed the right to counsel, the Court there clearly limited any such absorption— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

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