American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.
- v. To occupy the full attention, interest, or time of; engross. See Synonyms at monopolize.
- v. To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission.
- v. To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream.
- v. To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color” ( Peter Plagen).
- v. To receive (an impulse) without echo or recoil: a fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact.
- v. To assume or pay for (a cost or costs).
- v. To endure; accommodate: couldn't absorb the additional hardships.
- v. To use up; consume: The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drink in; suck up; imbibe, as a sponge; take in by absorption, as the lacteals of the body; hence, to take up or receive in, as by chemical or molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases.
- To swallow up; engulf; overwhelm: as, the sea absorbed the wreck.
- To swallow up the identity or individuality of; draw in as a constituent part; incorporate: as, the empire absorbed all the small states.
- To engross or engage wholly.
- In medicine, to counteract or neutralize: as, magnesia absorbs acidity in the stomach.
- v. transitive, business To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
- v. transitive To defray the costs.
- v. transitive To accept or purchase in quantity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.
- v. To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
- v. To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully.
- v. To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal
absorbsgases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbedor taken up in the substances into which they pass.
- v. become imbued
- v. cause to become one with
- v. assimilate or take in
- v. take in, also metaphorically
- v. devote (oneself) fully to
- v. take up mentally
- v. take up, as of debts or payments
- v. consume all of one's attention or time
- v. suck or take up or in
- Middle English, to swallow up, from Old French absorber, from Latin absorbēre : ab-, away; see ab-1 + sorbēre, to suck. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bamboo forests grow very fast and with a very little burden on environment because the quantity of CO2 that they can absorb is very high.”
“I felt my skin absorb the energy from the light and I could feel the energy surge through me and spread.”
“Does my skin absorb enough ultraviolet rays to produce sufficient vitamin D?”
“Give the songwriters more money, but make the publishing companies and the labels absorb the cost.”
“However, if they contain an absorbing agent and if their connections are open at both ends and are not tapered, they will increase in weight at the same rate after that period has elapsed, that is to say, they absorb from the air water vapour and therefore become heavier.”
“It is also necessary that the air should have access to the roots of plants, as they depend for their nourishment almost as much on the carbon and other elements which they absorb from the air, as on those which they obtain from the soil.”
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“More than two weeks before a McCain ad compared Mr. Obama’s celebrity quotient to that of the two blondes, Mr. Obama had them on his mind as he talked about parenting and how he and his wife watch what their daughters, Malia, 10 and Sasha, 7, absorb from the culture all around them.”
“The artists just get free advertising, and the record labels absorb all the profits.”
“Much more likely that labels absorb the price jack-up, because they would lose too much if iTMS stopped doing their jobs for them.”
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