What does assimilation mean?

Definitions for assimilation
əˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən; ˈgræm pɑas·sim·i·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assimilationnoun

    the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

  2. assimilation, absorptionnoun

    the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

  3. assimilation, absorptionnoun

    the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

  4. assimilationnoun

    a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound

  5. acculturation, assimilationnoun

    the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure

  6. assimilationnoun

    in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance


  1. assimilationnoun

    The act of assimilating or the state of being assimilated.

  2. assimilationnoun

    The metabolic conversion of nutrients into tissue.

  3. assimilationnoun

    The absorption of new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.

  4. assimilationnoun

    A sound change process by which the phonetics of a speech segment becomes more like that of another segment in a word (or at a word boundary), so that a change of phoneme occurs.

  5. assimilationnoun

    The adoption, by a minority group, of the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assimilationnoun

    the act or process of assimilating or bringing to a resemblance, likeness, or identity; also, the state of being so assimilated; as, the assimilation of one sound to another

    Etymology: [L. assimilatio: cf. F. assimilation.]

  2. Assimilationnoun

    the conversion of nutriment into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption, whether in plants or animals

    Etymology: [L. assimilatio: cf. F. assimilation.]


  1. Assimilation

    In linguistics, assimilation is a common phonological process by which one sound becomes more like a nearby sound. This can occur either within a word or between words. In rapid speech, for example, "handbag" is often pronounced [ˈhambag]. As in this example, sound segments typically assimilate to a following sound, but they may also assimilate to a preceding one. While assimilation most commonly occurs between immediately adjacent sounds, it may occur between sounds separated by others. Assimilation can be synchronic— that is, an active process in a language at a given point in time— or diachronic: That is, a historical sound change. A related process is coarticulation where one segment influences another to produce an allophonic variation, such as vowels acquiring the feature nasal before nasal consonants when the velum opens prematurely or becoming labialised as in "boot". This article will describe both processes under the term, assimilation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assimilation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assimilation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of assimilation in a Sentence

  1. Alex Nowrasteh:

    Three different reports on assimilation by the National Academy of Science, the OECD, and [a University of Washington economist] all found immigrants integrating well without a federal program. The feds have a difficult enough time managing the Post Office, they should not be entrusted with the important task of helping immigrants assimilate.

  2. Heinrich Heine:

    Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.

  3. Jesse Eisenberg:

    What the play does discuss is kind of generational strife. My character is third generation American and I think he feels the kind of laziness of assimilation, kunal's character is a new immigrant from Nepal and struggling to make it in an exclusive world of ... privilege that he is not a part of. The play discusses those themes and how my character, in a way, has lost his meaning because he doesn't have to struggle.

  4. Interior Ministry:

    At the moment the cell was broken up, its members were fully radicalized and in a phase of total assimilation and commitment to the terrorist ideology -- demonstrating their full disposition to carry out an attack in Madrid.

  5. Mahatma Gandhi:

    Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.

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