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absorb

verb
ab·​sorb | \ əb-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce absorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb How to pronounce absorb (audio) \
absorbed; absorbing; absorbs

Definition of absorb

transitive verb

1a : to take in (something, such as water) in a natural or gradual way a sponge absorbs water charcoal absorbs gas plant roots absorb water
b : to take in (knowledge, attitudes, etc.) : acquire, learn … convictions absorbed in youth …— M. R. Cohen
c : use up, consume The fever absorbed her strength. His work absorbs all his time and attention.
2 : to take in and make part of an existent whole the capacity of a country to absorb new immigrants
3 : to engage or engross wholly an interest that absorbs her completely absorbed in thought
4a(1) : to receive without recoil or echo provided with a sound-absorbing surface
(2) : endure, sustain absorbing hardships
(3) : assume, bear The expenses were absorbed by the company.
b : to transform (radiant energy) into a different form especially with a resulting rise in temperature The earth absorbs the sun's rays.

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Other Words from absorb

absorbability \ əb-​ˌsȯr-​bə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce absorbability (audio) , -​ˌzȯr-​ \ noun
absorbable \ əb-​ˈsȯr-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce absorbable (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ How to pronounce absorbable (audio) \ adjective
absorber noun

Examples of absorb in a Sentence

a fabric that absorbs sweat The walls are made of a material that absorbs sound. absorbing heat from the sun 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web These scenes play out as fascinating detours, made absorbing by their remarkable real-life roots. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Rainbow Theatre Project’s ‘Blue Camp’ is a well-intentioned misfire," 9 Nov. 2019 As a result, the Golden Hurricane escaped with a 34-31 win and the Knights absorbed their third loss of the season. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF offense stalls during sloppy loss at Tulsa," 9 Nov. 2019 Since City Park has been shut down for two years, Park Hill could have been absorbing that customer base. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Take a mulligan and keep Park Hill Golf Course; Heed the scientists’ warning; Quid pro quo doesn’t matter? (11/8/19)," 8 Nov. 2019 This was the same view that Alexander von Humboldt, the 19th-century German explorer, had absorbed in 1801. Jennie Erin Smith, New York Times, "Stalking the Endangered Wax Palm," 5 Nov. 2019 Moreover, India’s ongoing economic slowdown has also hit power demand, which may have otherwise absorbed the rise in hydro and nuclear generation. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "This year, India’s power plants may consume less coal for the first time in a decade," 5 Nov. 2019 Amazon shoppers agree that the mat towel doesn’t slip and absorbs moisture really well. Christie Calucchia, Health.com, "This Yoga Mat Towel Is the Only One I Use—and I’m a Hot Yoga Regular," 31 Oct. 2019 For the next half an hour, this is what PSG absorbed. SI.com, "Barcelona 6-1 PSG: Remembering That Mad Midweek Miracle at Camp Nou," 30 Oct. 2019 Berding also acknowledged that some of the contracts the club absorbed during its maiden MLS voyage were multi-year deals that would require mutual consent to terminate. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati: Jeff Berding talks player additions, chances of Rose Lavelle and NWSL here," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of absorb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for absorb

borrowed from Middle French assorber, absorber, asorbir, absorbir, going back to Old French, borrowed (with conjugation changes) from Latin absorbēre, from ab- ab- + sorbēre "to suck up, draw in, engulf," going back to Indo-European *sṛbh-eii̯̯e-, probably re-formed from *srobh-eii̯̯e-, iterative derivative from the verb base *srebh- "suck up, drink noisily"; akin to Greek rophéō, ropheîn "to drink in gulps," Armenian arbi "drank," Lithuanian srebiù, srė̃bti "to gulp," Old Russian sereblyu, serebati

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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of absorb was in the 15th century

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absorb

verb
ab·​sorb | \ əb-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce absorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb\
absorbed; absorbing

Kids Definition of absorb

1 : to take in or swallow up A sponge absorbs water.
2 : to hold the complete attention of She was absorbed by the movie.
3 : to receive without giving back The walls of the theater absorb sound.
ab·​sorb | \ əb-ˈsȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce absorb (audio) , -ˈzȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce absorb (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorb

1 : to take up especially by capillary, osmotic, solvent, or chemical action surgical sutures which can be absorbed by the body the blood in the lungs absorbs oxygen
2 : to transform (radiant energy) into a different form usually with a resulting rise in temperature chlorophyll reflects green light and absorbs the other colors of light

Other Words from absorb

absorbable \ əb-​ˈsȯr-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce absorbable (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ How to pronounce absorbable (audio) \ adjective
absorber noun
ab·​sorb

Legal Definition of absorb

1 : to make (a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) applicable to the states
2a : to bear or assume the burden of expenses were absorbed by the company
b : to lessen the tax liability for has other losses to absorb the income— D. Q. Posin

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