|1.||[ verb ] (sociology) become similar to one's environment|
"Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
|Related terms:||dissimilate adjust acculturate assimilation|
|2.||[ verb ] (education) take up mentally|
|Synonyms:||absorb take_in ingest|
"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
|Related terms:||learn imbibe assimilation acculturation|
|3.||[ verb ] make similar|
"This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"
|Related terms:||dissimilate change assimilation|
|4.||[ verb ] (chemistry) take into solution, as of gas, light, or heat|
|Related terms:||absorb imbibition|
|5.||[ verb ] (phonetics) become similar in sound|
"The nasal assimilates to the following consonant"
|Related terms:||dissimilate change phonetics|