What does absorb mean?

Definitions for absorb
æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrbab·sorb

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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.]

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. Samer Jaber:

    Just be careful, as your skin in that area will likely be sensitive and topical acne treatments can make this more irritated and even worse. FOGGY GLASSES Since face masks trap the breath and foster moist, humid environments, glasses wearersmay have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause your lenses to fog. In a 2011 study from the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, researchers advised washing the glasses with soapy water immediately before wearing a face mask. Face masks trap the breath and foster humidity so glasses wearers may have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause the lenses to fog. (iStock) After shaking off any excess water, let the spectacles air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a soft tissue before putting them back on. Now the spectacle lenses should not mist up when the face mask is worn, they wrote. Glasses fog because humidity can escape the mask and move upward, coming into contact with the lenses and causing them to fog. Placing a tissue under the top of your face mask can also help absorb some of the droplets, leading to clear lenses. Wearing a mask that can form to the bridge of your nose one with wire, for instance can help prevent the warm air from your mouth from reaching your lenses. DRY, CRACKED HANDS FROM FREQUENT WASHING Next, frequent hand washing, especially during the ongoing pandemic, can lead to skin feeling dry, irritatedor cracked. Preventing rough skin can be as simple as switching to a fragrance-free hand soap, which may contain fewer irritants. But Jaber also recommends carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands, suggesting a cream or an ointment rather than a lotion, as lotions are usually thinner and often contain alcohol. Experts advise carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands. (iStock) Lotions can be great, but creams or ointments are thicker. Vaseline is an ointment, and it really locks things in.

  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. Al Falih:

    If we see a slowdown... it's going to be a small slowdown that oil markets can well absorb with adjustments to supply.

  4. Suncor Chief Executive Steve Williams:

    The indications this week is that the majority of shareholders are going to support, the choice is yours, you can accept Suncor's offer and capture a significant premium while retaining oil sands exposure ... or you can absorb an immediate share price decline, possibly of 40 percent or more, and hope for an oil price recovery.

  5. Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross:

    I think it will alleviate concerns about what level of dis-synergies they would have to absorb in the first year following the split.

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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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    • A. obnoxious
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