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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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 The company’s adorable semi-dressy Siren Wrap Q2 is feminine and classy yet engineered with durable outsole traction, shock absorption, and heel-centering technology for stability. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019 Acid rain makes such waters more acidic, which results in more aluminum absorption from soil, which is carried into lakes and streams. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 In a paper published in 2011 Mr Lewis argued that carbon lost to the atmosphere through tree death and fire in the droughts of 2005 and 2010 might offset as much as a decade’s worth of carbon-dioxide absorption by the forest. The Economist, "The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point," 1 Aug. 2019 Forests may also have other effects that can offset some of their carbon absorption. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change," 5 July 2019 Reflect heat with a radiant barrier: Radiant barriers in your attic inhibit heat absorption. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to keep cool this summer without A/C," 28 June 2019 All the nation's news outlets are prepared for a surge of viewer absorption in the election. Brian Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "NBC News sets Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Maddow among first Democratic debate moderators," 11 June 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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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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to make or get by devious means

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