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Definitions of absorb

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

  1. She thinks she can absorb the husband. – Lord Ormont and his Aminta, v4 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Is it any wonder, then, that an absorbing novel failed to absorb her? – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  6. The soil will not absorb the water. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Personally, I knew nothing of either move; I had other things to absorb me at that time. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  12. 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
  13. Mr. Robb sighed and walked into his office, leaving the new junior to absorb another impression. – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  14. 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
  15. First you must digest another man's conception, assimilate his ideas, absorb his imagination. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Her interests absorb his energies. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  19. 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
  20. 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
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