Definitions for absorbæbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•sorbæbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb(v.t.)

  1. to suck up (a liquid); soak up:

    A sponge absorbs water.

  2. to take in and assimilate; incorporate:

    The empire absorbed many nations.

  3. to involve the full attention of; engross:

    This book will absorb the serious reader.

  4. to occupy or fill (time, attention, etc.).

  5. to assimilate by chemical or molecular action.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. to take in without echo, recoil, or reflection:

    to absorb shock; to absorb sound.

  7. to take in and utilize:

    to absorb information.

  8. to pay for (costs, taxes, etc.).

  9. Archaic. to swallow up.

Origin of absorb:

1480–90; < L absorbēre=ab-ab - +sorbēre to suck in, swallow

ab•sorb′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absorb(verb)

    become imbued

    "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"

  2. absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in(verb)

    take up mentally

    "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

  3. absorb, take over(verb)

    take up, as of debts or payments

    "absorb the costs for something"

  4. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up(verb)

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  5. absorb(verb)

    cause to become one with

    "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"

  6. absorb, take in(verb)

    suck or take up or in

    "A black star absorbs all matter"

  7. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up(verb)

    devote (oneself) fully to

    "He immersed himself into his studies"

  8. absorb(verb)

    assimilate or take in

    "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"

  9. absorb, engross, engage, occupy(verb)

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. absorb(verb)æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb

    to take in a liquid

    a material which absorbs water

  2. absorbæbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb

    to understand and remember

    to absorb large amounts of information

  3. absorbæbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb

    giving all your attention to

    completely absorbed in his book

Wiktionary

  1. absorb(Verb)

    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.

  2. absorb(Verb)

    To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.

  3. absorb(Verb)

    To learn

  4. absorb(Verb)

    To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.

  5. absorb(Verb)

    To consume completely.

  6. absorb(Verb)

    To endure.

  7. absorb(Verb)

    To take in radiant energy by chemical or physical action.

    Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.

  8. absorb(Verb)

    To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.

  9. absorb(Verb)

    To receive the impact of without recoil or echo.

  10. absorb(Verb)

    To defray the costs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absorb(verb)

    to swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include

  2. Absorb(verb)

    to suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body

  3. Absorb(verb)

    to engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth

  4. Absorb(verb)

    to take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'absorb' in Verbs Frequency: #606


Translations for absorb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

absorb(verb)

to soak up

The cloth absorbed the ink I had spilled.

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