I. verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin assimilatus, past participle of assimilare, from Latin assimulare to make similar, from ad- + simulare to make similar, simulate Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to take in and utilize as nourishment ; absorb into the system b. to take into the mind and thoroughly comprehend 2. a. to make similar b. to alter by assimilation c. to absorb into the culture or mores of a population or group 3. compare, liken intransitive verb to become assimilated • assimilator noun Usage: When assimilate is followed by a preposition, transitive senses 2a and 2c commonly take to and into and less frequently with; 2b regularly takes to; sense 3 most often takes to and sometimes with. The most frequent prepositions used with the intransitive sense are to and into. II. noun Date: 1935 something that is assimilated

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