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What does "Absorb" mean?

Definition

(v. t.) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth (v. t.) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body (v. t.) To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include (v. t.) 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


Synonyms draw, engage, assimilate, steep, plunge, take up, immerse, imbibe, suck, take over, occupy, take in, engulf, ingest, engross, suck up, soak up, sop up


Example: "Absorb the costs for something" Example: "A black star absorbs all matter" Example: "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax" Example: "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely" Example: "He absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe" Example: "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society" Example: "The sponge absorbs water well" Example: "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"


Word Family absorbance, absorbed, absorbency, absorbent, absorber, absorbers, absorbing, absorbs, absorption, absorptions, absorptive