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Definition of "absorb" []

  • To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices. (verb-transitive)
  • To occupy the full attention, interest, or time of; engross. See Synonyms at monopolize. (verb-transitive)
  • To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission. (verb-transitive)
  • To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream. (verb-transitive)
  • To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color” ( Peter Plagen). (verb-transitive)
  • To soak or suck up (liquids) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To engage or occupy (the interest, attention, or time) of (someone); engross (verb)
  • To receive or take in (the energy of an impact) (verb)
  • To take in (all or part of incident radiated energy) and retain the part that is not reflected or transmitted (verb)
  • To take in or assimilate; incorporate (verb)
  • To accept and find a market for (goods, etc) (verb)
  • To pay for as part of a commercial transaction (verb)
  • To cause to undergo a process in which one substance, usually a liquid or gas, permeates into or is dissolved by a liquid or solid (verb)

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Use "absorb" in a sentence
  • "Bamboo forests grow very fast and with a very little burden on environment because the quantity of CO2 that they can absorb is very high."
  • "I felt my skin absorb the energy from the light and I could feel the energy surge through me and spread."
  • "Does my skin absorb enough ultraviolet rays to produce sufficient vitamin D?"