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 \ 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 Pedro’s passionate absorption in the outrageous plotting of his soap — played out enjoyably by Luz Nicolás and Víctor Salinas as easily triggered radio actors — forms the most successful aspect of director José Zayas’s good-looking production. Washington Post, "D.C. theater is taking cautious steps back to ‘live’ with plexiglass screens and plays on headphones," 4 May 2021 For those with psoriasis, moisturizing is key, but there are ways to optimize the product’s effect and absorption, says Engelman. Olivia Muenter, Allure, "How to Treat and Prevent Psoriasis in Your Everyday Life," 3 May 2021 Moreover, Tesla has reiterated its target of growing deliveries by 50% annually over the long run and this should also help improve cost absorption and margins. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Tesla Stock Slips Post Q1 Results, But Auto Margins Are Encouraging," 28 Apr. 2021 Originally known as Cocona, it was rebranded in 2013 as 37.5 (for the ideal centigrade temperature of the human body), and the material helps with odor absorption and UV protection. New York Times, "Fabrics From Your Fridge," 22 Apr. 2021 Core aeration improves the lawn’s health and vigor by breaking up soil compaction, which improves water drainage, nutrient absorption and air circulation to the roots. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Core aeration vs. power raking? Pro tips on what’s best for your lawn," 13 Apr. 2021 Her work of the fifties and sixties speaks to a world not of action but of reaction, of absorption and fluidity, with intimations of aquariums and hothouse flowers rather than of the usual Eighth Street stoplights and street corners. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Helen Frankenthaler and the Messy Art of Life," 5 Apr. 2021 The quiet machine has a five-layer, non-slip running belt offering extra cushioning for your joints, shock absorption and durability. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Best treadmills 2020: Trainers share their home treadmill choices," 27 Oct. 2020 But research has linked piperine — the active compound in black pepper — to better absorption of curcumin in your body (specifically an increase of 2000% in the bioavailability of curcumin). Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "5 Evidence-Based Turmeric Health Benefits You Should Know About," 22 Apr. 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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The first known use of absorption was in 1597

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10 May 2021

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“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for absorption


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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