What does assimilation mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assimilation(noun)

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

  2. assimilation, absorption(noun)

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

  3. assimilation, absorption(noun)

    the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

  4. assimilation(noun)

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

  5. acculturation, assimilation(noun)

    the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure

  6. assimilation(noun)

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


  1. assimilation(Noun)

    The act of assimilating or the state of being assimilated.

  2. assimilation(Noun)

    The metabolic conversion of nutrients into tissue.

  3. assimilation(Noun)

    The absorption of new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.

  4. assimilation(Noun)

    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. assimilation(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assimilation(noun)

    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

  2. Assimilation(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [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. Mahatma Gandhi:

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

  2. Constantin Stanislavski:

    Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.

  3. Heinrich Heine:

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

  4. Mark Holden:

    All the students agreed with her that assimilation is oppressive and evil, i suggested there are both positive and negative aspects to assimilation.

  5. Chinese Indonesians:

    But we've seen cases of assimilation, while the Chinese embrace of Islam has also has a long history, they're heterogeneous, their motivations vary.

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