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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: , past participle of assimilare, from Latin assimulare 'to make similar', from ad- 'to' + simulare ( SIMULATE)

assimilate

verb
     
as‧sim‧i‧late
1 [transitive] to completely understand and begin to use new ideas, information etc [= absorb]:
It will take time to assimilate all these facts.
2 [intransitive and transitive] if people assimilate or are assimilated into a country or group, they become part of that group and are accepted by the people in that group
assimilate into
Refugees find it difficult to become assimilated into the community.

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