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 But growth of real output raises real money demand and thus abets the absorption of real monetary expansion into the economy without inflation. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Remembering the Father of Supply-Side Economics," 7 Apr. 2021 But the recent proof tempers the flexibility of random colorings by complementing it with absorption, which is a more exact method. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Settle Erdős Coloring Conjecture," 5 Apr. 2021 Quiet Mark tests all elements of a product’s sound, including sound absorption, quality and volume. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "5 best quiet air purifiers of 2021, according to experts," 17 Mar. 2021 Still, the market suffered a noticeable shift last year with rental absorption (the number of new leases) in the metro falling 53% from the previous year to the lowest total since 2012. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Good news for renters? Twin Cities apartment vacancies are rising," 24 Feb. 2021 In the last quarter of 2020, net absorption—space that was physically occupied minus that which became vacant—increased by 52%. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Even in a year of remote working, India’s IT companies kept the office leasing industry alive," 23 Feb. 2021 The mission started as a relatively tidy quest and turned into a series of confusions created by her absorption in things other than the intended destination. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 2021 Premium mono will typically absorb less water than cheaper fishing lines, dampening the effects of water absorption. Field & Stream, "Monofilament Fishing Line Is Tried and True," 22 Mar. 2021 But the most alarming truth about Stalin’s Russia was its forcible absorption of Eastern Europe into the communist fold. Nile Gardiner, National Review, "Churchill’s Prophetic Warning: ‘An Iron Curtain Has Descended’," 3 Mar. 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 23 Apr. 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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