Associations to the word «Absorb»


ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to incorporate; to assimilate; to take in and use up. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To engulf, as in water; to swallow up. [Attested from the late 15th century until the late 18th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body; to chemically take in. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (physics) (chemistry) To take in energy and convert it, as[First attested in the early 18th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (physics) in receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (physics) in receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (physics) taking in radiant energy and converting it to a different form of energy, like heat.
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To occupy or consume time. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) Assimilate mentally. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) (business) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To defray the costs.
ABSORB, verb. (transitive) To accept or purchase in quantity.

Dictionary definition

ABSORB, verb. Become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb".
ABSORB, verb. Take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe".
ABSORB, verb. Take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something".
ABSORB, verb. Take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words".
ABSORB, verb. Cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax".
ABSORB, verb. Suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter".
ABSORB, verb. Devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies".
ABSORB, verb. Assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society".
ABSORB, verb. Consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely".

Wise words

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