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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Other Words from absorption

absorptive \ -​tiv How to pronounce absorptive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for absorption


attention, concentration, engrossment, enthrallment, immersion



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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

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But that same absorption quality makes water relatively easy to pick out in another planet’s atmosphere, compared to other molecules such as carbon dioxide. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone," 11 Sep. 2019 Government absorption policies sent many Ethiopian children to boarding schools. New York Times, "After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning," 13 July 2019 But the slowdown in net office absorption is intriguing. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's downtown building boom slowing as costs, rents soar," 27 June 2019 Flora + Bast Age Adapting CBD Serum contains over 300mg of CBD oil, essential fatty acids, and no water (which makes for higher potency and great absorption). Meirav Devash, Marie Claire, "6 of the Best CBD Skincare Products You Can Buy at Sephora," 24 May 2019 Unless protesters overwhelm Hong Kong’s government or its courts, Xi may well stick to a less dramatic strategy—the gradual absorption of Hong Kong’s autonomy. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "China’s Hong Kong Dilemma," 25 Aug. 2019 The car was supposed to be part of a propaganda campaign, marking the Nazis’ 1938 alliance with Italy and the absorption of Austria. Neil Vigdor, BostonGlobe.com, "Sale of rare Nazi-era Porsche sputters after Sotheby’s auction blunder," 19 Aug. 2019 In people diagnosed with celiac disease, eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents nutrient absorption. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Eating more gluten early in life is tied to children's higher risk of celiac disease, a study says," 13 Aug. 2019 Only Houston and Dallas posted negative absorption in the second quarter, with 18,395 square feet and 224,680 square feet coming back to the market, respectively, Colliers found. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Houston among cities with highest office vacancy," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of absorption was in 1597

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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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