What does absorb mean?

Definitions for absorbæbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word absorb.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absorb

    ab-sorb′, v.t. to suck in: to swallow up: to engage wholly.—n. Absorbabil′ity.—adj. Absorb′able, that may be absorbed.—p.adj. Absorbed′, swallowed up: entirely occupied.—advs. Absorb′edly, Absorb′ingly.—adj. Absorb′ent, imbibing: swallowing.—n. that which absorbs.—n. Absorp′tion, the act of absorbing: entire occupation of mind.—adj. Absorp′tive, having power to absorb.—n. Absorptiv′ity. [Fr.—L. ab, from, sorbēre, -sorptum, to suck in.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absorb in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absorb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aristotle:

    All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

  2. P. Dan Wiwchar:

    Your brain can only absorb what your ass can endure.

  3. Wendy Sherman:

    I need some time to look back and absorb what we did.

  4. Tom Wicker:

    Government expands to absorb revenue - and then some.

  5. Khaled Al-Mushaileh:

    We are maximising the flexibility of our refineries to absorb more Kuwaiti crude.

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Translations for absorb

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يحتمل, يستوعب, يسع, يمتص, استيعابArabic
  • паглынуць, паглынацьBelarusian
  • абсорбирам, поглъщам, гълтамBulgarian
  • absorbirCatalan, Valencian
  • vstřebat, absorbovat, pohltitCzech
  • aufsaugen, aushalten, aufnehmen, absorbieren, aufbrauchen, ertragen, fesseln, konsumierenGerman
  • απορροφώ, αφομοιώνωGreek
  • absorbiEsperanto
  • absorberSpanish
  • neeldumaEstonian
  • omaksua, absorboida, imeäFinnish
  • absorber, épongerFrench
  • súighIrish
  • deoghailScottish Gaelic
  • שקע, ספגHebrew
  • अवHindi
  • menyerapIndonesian
  • includere, assorbire, incorporare, assortoItalian
  • 処理, 吸収, 負担, 吸うJapanese
  • serapMalay
  • bezig houden, verdiepen, absorberen, consumeren, opgebruiken, opzuigen, ondergaan, imeäDutch
  • absorbere, påta seg, oppsluke, utholdeNorwegian
  • absorver, aderirPortuguese
  • absorbiRomanian
  • поглощать, впитать, впитывать, поглотить, вобрать, абсорбировать, вбиратьRussian
  • ta upp, uppta, fånga upp, absorbera, suga i, påtaga, konsumera, helt, dra åt, tillgodogöra, bestrida, uppsluka, engagera, förbruka, suga till, fängsla, suga uppSwedish
  • kufyonzaSwahili
  • munya, munca, donsaZulu

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