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Meaning & Definition of Absorb in English

English

Absorb

/əbzɔrb/

verb

1. Become imbued

  • "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
    synonym:
  • absorb

2. Take up mentally

  • "He absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • assimilate
  • ,
  • ingest
  • ,
  • take in

3. Take up, as of debts or payments

  • "Absorb the costs for something"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • take over

4. Take in, also metaphorically

  • "The sponge absorbs water well"
  • "She drew strength from the minister's words"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • suck
  • ,
  • imbibe
  • ,
  • soak up
  • ,
  • sop up
  • ,
  • suck up
  • ,
  • draw
  • ,
  • take in
  • ,
  • take up

5. Cause to become one with

  • "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
    synonym:
  • absorb

6. Suck or take up or in

  • "A black star absorbs all matter"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • take in

7. Devote (oneself) fully to

  • "He immersed himself into his studies"
    synonym:
  • steep
  • ,
  • immerse
  • ,
  • engulf
  • ,
  • plunge
  • ,
  • engross
  • ,
  • absorb
  • ,
  • soak up

8. Assimilate or take in

  • "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
    synonym:
  • absorb

9. Consume all of one's attention or time

  • "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • engross
  • ,
  • engage
  • ,
  • occupy

Examples of using

Trees give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
He tried to absorb as much of the local culture as possible.