Associations to the word «Assimilation»


ASSIMILATION, noun. The act of assimilating or the state of being assimilated.
ASSIMILATION, noun. The metabolic conversion of nutrients into tissue.
ASSIMILATION, noun. (by extension) The absorption of new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
ASSIMILATION, noun. (phonology) 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.
ASSIMILATION, noun. (sociology) (cultural studies) The adoption, by a minority group, of the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture.

Dictionary definition

ASSIMILATION, noun. The state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family.
ASSIMILATION, noun. The social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another.
ASSIMILATION, noun. The process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion.
ASSIMILATION, noun. A linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound.
ASSIMILATION, noun. The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
ASSIMILATION, noun. In the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance.

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