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Definitions of absorb

  1.   engross ( oneself) fully; " He immersed himself into his studies"
  2.   take up, as of debts or payments; " absorb the costs for something"
  3.   take in, also metaphorically; " The sponge absorbs water well"; " She drew strength from the minister's words"
  4.   To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.
  5.   become imbued; " The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
  6.   To suck up; engage wholly.
  7.   To imbibe; to suck or swallow up; to engage wholly.
  8.   1. To incorporate or take up gases, liquids, or the rays of light. 2. To take any material into the body through the lymphatics or blood- vessels. 3. To arrest the passage of radiant heat. 4. To neutralize an acid.
  9.   suck or take up or in; " A black star absorbs all matter"
  10.   assimilate or take in; " The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
  11.   To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
  12.   become imbued; of liquids, light, or gases, in chemistry
  13.   To suck in: to swallow up: to engage wholly.
  14.   engage or engross wholly; " Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  15.   To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.
  16.   To drink in; suck or swallow up; as, a sponge absorbs water; to engross or engage wholly.
  17.   take up, as of knowledge or beliefs
  18.   cause to become one with; " The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
  19.   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.
  20.   take up mentally; " he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
  21.   To drink in or suck up; engross completely; swallow up.

Quotes of absorb

  1. In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown. – Felix Adler
  2. You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see. – Tadao Ando
  3. All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. – Aristotle
  4. When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything. – Carla Bley
  5. Death can really absorb a person. Lik most people, I would find it pleasant not to have to go, but you just accept that it's more or less inevitable. – Graham Chapman
  6. I've not as yet found one hobby that would absorb me completely when I'm not working, but I have just bought a new apartment and didn't quite bargain for the amount of effort and time and money that that absorbs. – Hugh Dancy
  7. There is a subconscious way of taking violence as a way of expression, as a normality, and it has a lot of effects in the youth in the way they absorb education and what they hope to get out of life. – Salma Hayek
  8. How, then, can the rights of three men exceed the rights of two men? In what possible way can the rights of three men absorb the rights of two men, and make them as if they had never existed. – Auberon Herbert
  9. Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion. – Etty Hillesum
  10. You don't want to love- your eternal and abnormal craving is to be loved. You aren't positive, you're negative. You absorb absorb as if you must fill yourself up with love, because you've got a shortage somewhere. – David Herbert Lawrence
  11. The product of the artist has become less important than the fact of the artist. We wish to absorb this person. We wish to devour someone who has experienced the tragic. In our society this person is much more important than anything he might create. – David Mamet
  12. It is from the traditional family that we absorb those universal ideals and principles which are the teaching of Jesus, the bedrock of our religious faith. We are taught the difference between right and wrong, and about the law, just punishment and discipline. – Kamisese Mara
  13. It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents. – William Osler
  14. I cannot absorb living in a world where I have an Oscar for best actress and Denzel doesn't have one for best actor. – Julia Roberts
  15. Modern culture is constantly growing more objective. Its tissues grow more and more out of impersonal energies, and absorb less and less the subjective entirety of the individual. – Georg Simmel

Usage examples for absorb

  1. “ Mr. Robb sighed and walked into his office, leaving the new junior to absorb another impression. ” – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  2. If the walls of every part of the ship were perfectly transparent, they could absorb no energy at all, and they would still be plainly visible- even more so than before! ” – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  3. Hearing of the advantages offered in the great North- East, German Jews flocked thither in such numbers as to dominate and absorb the original Russians and Poles. ” – The Haskalah Movement in Russia by Jacob S. Raisin
  4. Our fair, brilliant heroine was, at this time of speaking, as heart- whole as the diamond on her bosom, which reflected the light in too many sparkling rays ever to absorb it. ” – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  5. Now, as bodies which absorb radiant heat are necessarily heated in consequence of that absorption; to discover which of the various materials that can be employed for constructing fire- places are best adapted for that purpose, we have only to find, by an experiment very easy to be made, what bodies acquire least heat, when exposed to the direct rays of a clear fire; for those which are least heated evidently absorb the least, and consequently reflect the most radiant heat. ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  6. 3. Meat, fish, and solid ingredients should be seasoned some time before using, so that they may absorb the flavours of the seasoning. ” – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management by Ministry of Education
  7. Perhaps it tries to absorb itself in a small thing because the whole thing is too great to comprehend all at once. ” – The Day of the Dog by Anderson Horne
  8. The spirit of his knowledge, its attitude toward life, is all in the man, and if I really know the man, absorb his nature, drink deep at his soul, I know what he knows- it seems to me- and what I know besides. ” – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  9. The result of this work has, we trust, been a better understanding of the real tendency, the true purpose, of the law which is now to absorb our attention. ” – Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic by Andrew Stephenson
  10. Personally, I knew nothing of either move; I had other things to absorb me at that time. ” – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  11. First you must digest another man's conception, assimilate his ideas, absorb his imagination. ” – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  12. As the parts which absorb nourishment from and consume the substance, they are called the mycelium. ” – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  13. The soil will not absorb the water. ” – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  14. “ Is it any wonder, then, that an absorbing novel failed to absorb her? ” – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  15. “ Mr. Waddle made no reply; and when Neefit repeated the question with a free use of the epithets previously omitted by us, Waddle still was dumb, leaning over his ledger as though in that there were matters so great as to absorb his powers of hearing. ” – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  16. She thinks she can absorb the husband. ” – Lord Ormont and his Aminta, v4 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  17. After his departure the presence of the English ambassador, who by treaty had a seat in the Council, caused the States- General gradually to absorb its powers, and to make its functions subordinate to their own, until at last its authority was confined to the administration of the affairs of war and of finance. ” – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  18. Her interests absorb his energies. ” – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  19. “ To Talbot it seemed incredible that Katrine through her mere physical beauty did not obtain a greater hold upon him, that she seemed so unable to absorb him, that she could not triumph over him by the road of the senses. ” – A Girl of the Klondike by Victoria Cross
  20. You will live for it entirely- your art and the world's recognition of it will absorb every thought. ” – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler

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