Assimilate As*sim"i*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assimilated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assimilating}.] [L. assimilatus, p. p. of assimilare; ad + similare to make like, similis like. See {Similar}, {Assemble}, {Assimilate}.] 1. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland. --John Bright. [1913 Webster]

Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes Assimilate all objects. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. To liken; to compa?e. [R.] [1913 Webster]

3. To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue. [1913 Webster]

Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate their nourishment. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons. --Merivale. [1913 Webster]

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