|1.||[ verb ] (chemistry) become imbued; of liquids, light, or gases, in chemistry|
|Related terms:||sorb assimilate reabsorb chemistry absorber absorbent_material|
|2.||[ verb ] (education) take up mentally|
|Synonyms:||assimilate take_in ingest|
"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
|Related terms:||learn imbibe assimilation acculturation|
|3.||[ verb ] take in, also metaphorically|
|Synonyms:||suck_up imbibe take_up sop_up draw take_in soak_up suck|
"The sponge absorbs water well" "She drew strength from the minister's words"
|Related terms:||wipe_up blot sponge_up attract attract distract aspirate suck_in aspirate suck_in chump absorption sucking absorber|
|4.||[ verb ] (business) take up, as of debts or payments|
"absorb the costs for something"
|5.||[ verb ] cause to become one with|
"The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
|6.||[ verb ] suck or take up or in|
"A black star absorbs all matter."
|Related terms:||emit suck absorption|
|7.||[ verb ] engross (oneself) fully|
|Synonyms:||engulf steep immerse engross soak_up plunge|
"He immersed himself into his studies"
|Related terms:||concentrate drink_in plunge concentration intentness|
|8.||[ verb ] assimilate or take in|
"The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
|9.||[ verb ] engage or engross wholly|
|Synonyms:||engage occupy engross|
"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
|Related terms:||interest involve rivet consume preoccupation occupation intentness|