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Absorb

Absorb Meaning & Definition
Absorb Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Absorb?

[v] cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
[v] engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
[v] engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"
[v] take up, as of knowledge or beliefs
[v] take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
[v] become imbued; of liquids, light, or gases, in chemistry
[v] take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"
[v] suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Absorb: assimilate | draw | engage | engross | engulf | imbibe | immerse | ingest | occupy | plunge | soak up | soak up | sop up | steep | suck | suck up | take in | take in | take in | take over | take up

Related Terms | Find terms related to Absorb: ablate | absorb the attention | adsorb | appreciate | apprehend | appropriate | arrest | assimilate | be with one | bleed white | blot | blot up | burn up | buy up | catch | catch on | catch up in | charm | chemisorb | chemosorb | come uppermost | comprehend | conceive | concern | consume | corner | deplete | dig | digest | drain | drain of resources | draw in | drink | drink in | drink up | eat | eat up | embarrass | embody | enchant | engage | engage the attention | engage the mind | engage the thoughts | engross | engross the mind | engross the thoughts | enmesh | entangle | enthrall | erode | exercise | exhaust | expend | fascinate | fathom | fill the mind | filter in | finish | finish off | follow | get | get hold of | get the drift | get the idea | get the picture | gobble | gobble up | grab | grasp | grip | have | have it taped | hold | hold spellbound | hold the interest | hypnotize | imbibe | imbue | immerse | implicate | impoverish | impregnate | incorporate | infiltrate | infuse | ingest | interest | involve | involve the interest | ken | know | learn | master | mesmerize | metabolize | monopolize | monopolize the thoughts | obsess | obsess the mind | occupy | occupy the attention | occupy the mind | osmose | percolate in | permeate | predigest | preoccupy | read | realize | savvy | seep in | seize | seize the meaning | seize the mind | sense | sew up | slurp up | soak in | soak up | sorb | spellbind | spend | sponge | squander | suck dry | suck into | swallow | swallow up | swill up | take | take in | take up | tangle | understand | use up | waste away | wear away

See Also | aspirate | assimilate | attract | blend | blot | center | centre | coalesce | combine | commingle | concentrate | conflate | consume | draw in | drink | drink in | flux | focus | fund | fuse | imbibe | immix | interest | involve | larn | learn | meld | merge | mix | mop | mop up | pore | pull | pull in | reabsorb | resorb | rivet | sorb | sponge up | suck | suck in | suck in | wipe up

Absorb In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab*sorb"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absorbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absorbing}.] [L. absorbere; ab + sorbere to suck in, akin to Gr. ?: cf. F. absorber.] 1. To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include. ``Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.'' --Cowper. The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion. --W. Irving. 2. To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. --Bacon. 3. To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth. 4. 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. --Nichol. --p. 8 Syn: To {Absorb}, {Engross}, {Swallow up}, {Engulf}. Usage: These words agree in one general idea, that of completely taking up. They are chiefly used in a figurative sense and may be distinguished by a reference to their etymology. We speak of a person as absorbed (lit., drawn in, swallowed up) in study or some other employment of the highest interest. We speak of a person as ebgrossed (lit., seized upon in the gross, or wholly) by something which occupies his whole time and thoughts, as the acquisition of wealth, or the attainment of honor. We speak of a person (under a stronger image) as swallowed up and lost in that which completely occupies his thoughts and feelings, as in grief at the death of a friend, or in the multiplied cares of life. We speak of a person as engulfed in that which (like a gulf) takes in all his hopes and interests; as, engulfed in misery, ruin, etc. That grave question which had begun to absorb the Christian mind -- the marriage of the clergy. --Milman. Too long hath love engrossed Britannia's stage, And sunk to softness all our tragic rage. --Tickell. Should not the sad occasion swallow up My other cares? --Addison. And in destruction's river Engulf and swallow those. --Sir P. Sidney.

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