re·​ab·​sorb | \ ˌrē-əb-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce reabsorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb \
reabsorbed; reabsorbing; reabsorbs

Definition of reabsorb

transitive verb

: to take up (something previously secreted or emitted) sugars reabsorbed in the kidney also : resorb sense 2

Examples of reabsorb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea was to deter China without directly opposing its aspiration to reabsorb Taiwan. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 After some time — at least one hour — this brine will reabsorb into the steak, yielding a better seasoned, juicier piece of meat. Jeffrey Gardner, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 If the labor market needs to reabsorb a lot of workers as people begin to search for jobs later this year, central bankers may want to keep their policies in full force for longer to help stoke demand and pave the way for a faster recovery. New York Times, 2 July 2021 Ukraine, on Russia’s border; and the island democracy of Taiwan, which China has vowed ultimately to reabsorb into the mainland, by force if necessary. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2021 The idea is that regrowing plants, over time, would ultimately reabsorb the carbon dioxide released by the burning. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 The hope is that her body will naturally reabsorb them over time. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2020 Despite lavish expenditures by the government, the industrial pump has not been sufficiently primed for private enterprise to reabsorb workers forced out of jobs by the Depression. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020 Cover chops with a tent of aluminum foil and let rest 5 minutes, to allow chops to reabsorb juices, before slicing and eating. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 27 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of reabsorb

1720, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
re·​ab·​sorb | \ ˌrē-əb-ˈsȯ(ə)rb, -ˈzȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce reabsorb (audio) \

Medical Definition of reabsorb

: to take up (something previously secreted or emitted) sugars reabsorbed in the kidney also : resorb


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