Absorb

  • 1 absorb — 1 Absorb, imbibe, assimilate can all mean to take (something) in so as to become imbued with it or to make it a part of one’s being. The original meaning of absorb, to swallow up (both literally and figuratively), has been retained in spite of… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 absorb — ab‧sorb [əbˈsɔːb, əbˈzɔːb ǁ ɔːrb] verb [transitive] COMMERCE 1. if a large organization absorbs a smaller one, it takes control of it and makes it part of the organization: • The company was absorbed by IBM in 1995. absorb into • Several smaller… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Absorb — Ab*sorb , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absorbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absorbing}.] [L. absorbere; ab + sorbere to suck in, akin to Gr. ?: cf. F. absorber.] 1. To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 absorb — ab·sorb vt 1: to make (a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) applicable to the states 2 a: to bear or assume the burden of expenses were absorb ed by the company b: to lessen the tax liability for has other losses to absorb the income D. Q …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 absorb — [v1] physically take in a liquid blot, consume, devour, drink in, imbibe, ingest, ingurgitate, osmose, soak up, sop up*, sponge up*, suck in*, swallow, take in; concept 256 Ant. disperse, dissipate, eject, emit, exude, spew, vomit absorb [v2]… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 absorb — (v.) early 15c., from M.Fr. absorber (O.Fr. assorbir, 13c.), from L. absorbere to swallow up, from ab from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + sorbere suck in, from PIE root *srebh to suck, absorb (Cf. Armenian arbi I drank, Gk …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 absorb — ► VERB 1) soak up (liquid or another substance). 2) take in (information). 3) assimilate or take over (something less powerful). 4) use up (time or resources). 5) reduce the effect or intensity of (sound or an impact). 6) (usu. as absorbed or …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 absorb — [ab sôrb′, abzôrb′; əbsôrb′] vt. [L absorbere < ab , from + sorbere, to suck in: see SLURP] 1. to suck up [blotting paper absorbs ink] 2. to take up the full attention or energy of; engross 3. to take in and incorporate; assimilate 4. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 absorb */*/ — UK [əbˈzɔː(r)b] / US [əbˈsɔrb] / US [əbˈzɔrb] verb [transitive] Word forms absorb : present tense I/you/we/they absorb he/she/it absorbs present participle absorbing past tense absorbed past participle absorbed 1) a) to take in a gas, liquid, or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 absorb — 01. Children are like little sponges that seem to be able to [absorb] languages very quickly. 02. The course I took was very intensive, and I had a lot of information to [absorb] in a short time. 03. These diapers are very [absorbent], so your… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 absorb — [[t]əbzɔ͟ː(r)b[/t]] absorbs, absorbing, absorbed 1) VERB If something absorbs a liquid, gas, or other substance, it soaks it up or takes it in. [V n] Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and moisture from the soil... [be V ed into n] Refined …

    English dictionary

  • 12 absorb — ab|sorb W3 [əbˈso:b, əbˈzo:b US o:rb] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(liquid/gas)¦ 2¦(information)¦ 3¦(interest)¦ 4¦(become part of something)¦ 5¦(light/heat/energy/noise)¦ 6¦(deal with change/costs)¦ 7¦(money/time)¦ 8¦(force)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 15 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 absorb — ab|sorb [ əb sɔrb, əb zɔrb ] verb transitive ** ▸ 1 take in gas/heat etc. ▸ 2 make something part of something else ▸ 3 learn new information ▸ 4 reduce harmful effects ▸ 5 hold attention ▸ 6 use a lot of something 1. ) to take in a gas, liquid,… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 absorb — verb (T) 1 LIQUID if something absorbs a liquid, it takes the liquid into itself from the surface or space around it: Plants absorb nutrients from the soil. 2 INFORMATION to read or hear a large amount of new information and understand it: I… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 absorb — absorbable, adj. absorbability n. /ab sawrb , zawrb /, v.t. 1. to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water. 2. to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate: The empire absorbed many small nations. 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 16 absorb — ab•sorb [[t]æbˈsɔrb, ˈzɔrb[/t]] v. t. 1) to suck up (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water[/ex] 2) to take in and assimilate; incorporate: The empire absorbed many nations[/ex] 3) to involve the full attention of; engross: This book will… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 absorb — transitive verb Etymology: Anglo French asorbir to swallow up, from Latin absorbēre, from ab + sorbēre to suck up; akin to Lithuanian surbti to sip, Greek rophein to gulp down Date: 15th century 1. to take in and make part of an existent whole <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 absorb — verb 1 liquid, gas, energy, etc. ADVERB ▪ quickly, rapidly ▪ directly, easily, readily PREPOSITION ▪ into …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 absorb — v. (D; tr.) to absorb into (the small firms were absorbed into large cartels) * * * [əb zɔːb] (D; tr.) to absorb into (the small firms were absorbed into large cartels) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 absorb — [əbˈzɔːb] verb [T] 1) to take in heat, light, liquid, or some other substance When wood gets wet, it absorbs water and expands.[/ex] a device that produces energy by absorbing sunlight[/ex] Caffeine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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