Absorb - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əbˈzɔːrb|  American pronunciation of the word absorb
Brit.  |əbˈzɔːb|  British pronunciation of the word absorb
- become imbued
- take up mentally (syn: assimilate, ingest, take in)
- take up, as of debts or payments (syn: take over)
- take in, also metaphorically (syn: draw, imbibe, suck, suck up, take in, take up)
- cause to become one with
- suck or take up or in (syn: take in)
- devote (oneself) fully to (syn: engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, steep)
- assimilate or take in
- consume all of one's attention or time (syn: engage, engross, occupy)


The walls are made of a material that absorbs sound.

She is good at absorbing information.

He has retained the values that he absorbed as a young man.

a country that has absorbed many immigrants

smaller countries invaded and absorbed by bigger ones

His interest in photography absorbs him completely.

I was so absorbed by her story that I lost track of time.

Certain chemicals are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, while others are not.

His work absorbed him.

Large companies absorb smaller ones.

The company will absorb all the research costs.

The boxer absorbed the punches without buckling.

Plants absorb nutrients from the soil.

Water and salts are absorbed into our blood stream.

Her capacity to absorb information is amazing.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: absorb
he/she/it: absorbs
present participle: absorbing
past tense: absorbed
past participle: absorbed
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