What does absorb mean?

Definitions for absorb
æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrbab·sorb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absorbverb

    become imbued

    "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"

  2. absorb, assimilate, ingest, take inverb

    take up mentally

    "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

  3. absorb, take oververb

    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 upverb

    take in, also metaphorically

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

  5. absorbverb

    cause to become one with

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

  6. absorb, take inverb

    suck or take up or in

    "A black star absorbs all matter"

  7. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak upverb

    devote (oneself) fully to

    "He immersed himself into his studies"

  8. absorbverb

    assimilate or take in

    "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"

  9. absorb, engross, engage, occupyverb

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"


  1. absorbverb

    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. absorbverb

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

  3. absorbverb

    To learn

  4. absorbverb

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

  5. absorbverb

    To consume completely.

  6. absorbverb

    To endure.

  7. absorbverb

    To take in radiant energy by chemical or physical action.

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

  8. absorbverb

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

  9. absorbverb

    To receive the impact of without recoil or echo.

  10. absorbverb

    To defray the costs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absorbverb

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

  2. Absorbverb

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

  3. Absorbverb

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

  4. Absorbverb

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. absorb

    To retain energy, matter or information.

    They did absorb the information easily and simply.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of absorb in a Sentence

  1. Melanie Nezer:

    They can't absorb all these people and they really need help from the rest of the world. We can't just say to these countries that the burden is completely on them.

  2. Jean Baudrillard:

    To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.

  3. Doctor Alejandro Chvez-Badiola:

    We first want to know if the technique can be replicated and give us the results we’re hoping for, right now we’d be willing to absorb the extra costs, as it’s a treatment that stems from extraordinary technology.

  4. Comptroller Thomas Curry:

    If you have secure and reliable sources of funding and you have a capital base to absorb potential credit losses you don't have that type of volatility, i would only speculate that, you know, partnerships or other types of relationships with traditional banking organizations may make more sense from a strategic standpoint.

  5. Atif Latif:

    Although we reacted to the downside on the news yesterday, the broader market has recovered, the overall market is starting to absorb this news more easily than we have seen over the last few months, despite volatility in oil and oil and gas shares.

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  • 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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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. arbalist
    • B. volubility
    • C. brashness
    • D. subrogation

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