: to take into the mind and thoroughly understand
- Students need to assimilate new concepts.
: to take in and utilize as nourishment : to absorb into the system
- The body assimilates digested food.
: to absorb into the cultural tradition of a population or group
- … the belief that tolerant hosts would be able to assimilate immigrants of whatever creed or colour.
- —Brian Holmes
: to make similar
- … the only faculty that seems to assimilate man to the immortal gods.
- —Joseph Conrad
: to alter by the process of assimilation (see assimilation 3)
: to be taken in or absorbed : to become assimilated
- Food assimilates better if taken slowly.
- —Francis Cutler Marshall