|Origin:||absorber, from Latin absorbere, from ab- 'away' + sorbere 'to suck up'|
ab‧sorb W3 [transitive]
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.
to become part of something larger:
become part of something
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.
if something absorbs changes or costs, it accepts them and deals with them successfully:
deal with change/costs
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.