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Definition of "assimilate" []

  • Physiology To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion. (verb-transitive)
  • Physiology To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively. (verb-transitive)
  • To incorporate and absorb into the mind: assimilate knowledge. (verb-transitive)
  • To make similar; cause to resemble. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To alter (a sound) by assimilation. (verb-transitive)
  • To learn (information, a procedure, etc) and understand it thoroughly (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 absorb (food) and incorporate it into the body tissues (verb)
  • To become absorbed, incorporated, or learned and understood (verb)
  • To bring or come into harmony; adjust or become adjusted (verb)
  • To become or cause to become similar (verb)
  • To change (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed into another under the influence of one adjacent to it (verb)

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Use "assimilate" in a sentence
  • "Your underline assertion, that Mexican immigrants don't want to 'assimilate' is highly questionable, however, depending on how you define 'assimilate'."
  • "Your underline assertion, that Mexican immigrants don't want to 'assimilate' is highly questionable, however, depending on how you define 'assimilate'."
  • "The desire to assimilate is very powerful, it is a variation on the need to conform to society."
  • "The desire to assimilate is very powerful, it is a variation on the need to conform to society."
  • "If people don't want to assimilate, that is their right, as long as they obey the laws of the country they live in."
  • "If people don't want to assimilate, that is their right, as long as they obey the laws of the country they live in."