[ US /əbˈzɔɹb/ ]
[ UK /ɐbsˈɔːb/ ]
  1. take in, also metaphorically
    She drew strength from the minister's words
    The sponge absorbs water well
  2. assimilate or take in
    The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society
  3. become imbued
    The liquids, light, and gases absorb
  4. devote (oneself) fully to
    He immersed himself into his studies
  5. take up mentally
    he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe
  6. cause to become one with
    The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax
  7. consume all of one's attention or time
    Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely
  8. take up, as of debts or payments
    absorb the costs for something
  9. suck or take up or in
    A black star absorbs all matter
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How To Use absorb In A Sentence

  • Ireland does not have another manufacturing facility with a similar capacity to absorb glass cullet (crushed glass).
  • The front end of the Jaguar was on stands and two mechanics were fitting a new shock absorber. A QUESTION OF PRINCIPLE
  • By recording the spectra of several distant quasars whose light pierces the Milky Way, the spacecraft revealed some 50 ultraviolet-absorbing gas clouds around our galaxy.
  • The potatoes will absorb any excess liquid overnight. Times, Sunday Times
  • He eyed the coming tide with an absorbed attention.
  • Fructose is absorbed more slowly than glucose and galactose. The Dictionary of Nutritional Health
  • Both groups are forced to suffer the prejudices that have been fuelled by the tabloids and absorbed by an uninformed public.
  • It also provides ample cushioning with shock-absorbing HydroFlow technology in the heel and forefoot, and has a water-repellant upper.
  • Buildings can be designed to absorb and retain heat from the sun to save on heating costs.
  • Since the extra energy being transferred from one molecule to the next changes the way each absorbs and emits light, the flow of energy can be followed through optical spectroscopy, resolved on a femtosecond timescale.
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