How to use
absorbere, from ab-
'to suck up'
to take in liquid, gas, or another substance from the surface or space around something
Plants absorb nutrients from the soil.
absorb something into something
Water and salts are absorbed into our blood stream.
to read or hear a large amount of new information and understand it
Her capacity to absorb information is amazing.
to interest someone so much that they do not pay attention to other things
The movement and noise of the machines absorbed him completely.
be absorbed in something
Judith lay on the settee, absorbed in her book.
become part of something
to become part of something larger
California absorbs many of the legal immigrants to the US.
be absorbed into something
We were soon absorbed into local village life.
if something absorbs light, heat, energy, or noise, it takes it in
Darker surfaces absorb heat.
deal with change/costs
if something absorbs changes or costs, it accepts them and deals with them successfully
The beer industry had absorbed a doubling of federal tax in 1991.
if something absorbs money, time etc it uses a lot of it
Defence spending absorbs almost 20% of the country's wealth.
to reduce the effect of a sudden violent movement
A well-designed sports shoe should absorb the impact on your feet.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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