Synonyms and Antonyms of absorb
1 to take in (something liquid) through small openings <most of the spilled water was absorbed by the tablecloth> Synonyms drink, imbibe, soak (up), sponge, suck (up), take up Related Words gulp, guzzle, quaff, sip, slurp, swallow, swig, swill
2 to hold the attention of <chatting on the phone doesn't absorb me so much that I can't do something else at the same time> Synonyms engage, bemuse, busy, catch up, engross, enthrall (or enthral), enwrap, fascinate, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupyRelated Words allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolizeNear Antonyms bore, jade, pall, tire, weary
3 to make a part of a body or system <local schools will seek to absorb the new immigrants into the regular curriculum as quickly as possible> Synonyms embody, assimilate, co-opt, incorporate, integrateRelated Words amalgamate, blend, combine, commingle, fuse, intermingle, merge, mingle; acculturate, accustom, condition, enculturate, habituate, naturalize
4 to make complete use of <cleaning the house absorbed the rest of his energy> Synonyms deplete, burn, consume, devour, drain, draw down, exhaust, expend, play out, spend, use upRelated Words abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, reduce; eat, use; bankrupt, clean (out), impoverish; cripple, debilitate, disable, enfeeble, sap, undermine, weaken; dry up, empty; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), guzzle, lavish, misspend, run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms augment, enlarge, increase; bolster, enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; rebuild, repair, restore, revive; conserve, preserve, saveAntonyms renew, replace
5 to put up with (something painful or difficult) <somehow she managed to absorb whatever hardships life offered> Synonyms abide, bear, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)
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