Assimilate As*sim"i*late, v. i. 1. To become similar or like something else. [R.] [1913 Webster]

2. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a part of the substance of the assimilating body. [1913 Webster]

Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

3. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food assimilate more readily than others. [1913 Webster]

I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with the church of England. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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