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definition of the word absorb

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15th Century, via Old French, from Latin absorbere, which is formed from prefix ab- (from), + sorbere (suck in), akin to Greek; compare French absorber.

to absorb

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to absorb (third-person singular simple present absorbs, present participle absorbing, simple past and past participle absorbed)

  1. (transitive) To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to incorporate; to assimilate.
    • Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all. - Cowper
    • The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion. - W. Irving
  2. (transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. - Bacon
  3. (transitive) To learn
  4. (transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
  5. (transitive) To consume completely.
  6. (transitive) To endure.
  7. (transitive) (physics) To take up by chemical or physical action.
    Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
  8. (transitive) (finance) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.

to take in

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