from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Physiology To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.
- transitive v. Physiology To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
- transitive v. To incorporate and absorb into the mind: assimilate knowledge.
- transitive v. To make similar; cause to resemble.
- transitive v. Linguistics To alter (a sound) by assimilation.
- transitive v. To absorb (immigrants or a culturally distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
- intransitive v. To become assimilated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
- v. To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.
- v. To absorb a group of people into a community.
- v. To compare something to another similar one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To become similar or like something else.
- intransitive v. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a part of the substance of the assimilating body.
- intransitive v. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating body; to become incorporated.
- transitive v. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.
- transitive v. To liken; to compa�e.
- transitive v. To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or appropriate, as nourishment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make alike; cause to resemble.
- In philology, to render accordant, or less discordant, in sound; bring to or toward agreement in mode of utterance: said of alphabetic sounds as affected by other neighboring sounds, generally (but not always) in the same word. See assimilation, .
- To compare; liken; class.
- To convert into a substance suitable for absorption by an animal or vegetable system; absorb and incorporate into the system; incorporate with organic tissues: as, to assimilate food.
- To bring into conformity; adapt.
- To conform to; make one's own; adopt.
- To become similar; become like something or somebody else; harmonize.
- To be taken into and incorporated with another body; be converted into the substance of another body, as food by digestion.
- To perform the act of converting anything, as food, into the substance of that which converts it: as, “birds assimilate … less than beasts,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make similar
- v. take up mentally
- v. become similar to one's environment
- v. become similar in sound
- v. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
Your underline assertion, that Mexican immigrants don't want to 'assimilate' is highly questionable, however, depending on how you define 'assimilate'.
The desire to assimilate is very powerful, it is a variation on the need to conform to society.
If people don't want to assimilate, that is their right, as long as they obey the laws of the country they live in.
So to eat without giving nature time to assimilate is to rob her, first of health, then of life; so to read without reflecting is to cram the intellect and paralyze the mind.
So to eat without giving nature time to assimilate is to rob her, first of health, then life; so to read without reflecting is to cram the intellect and paralyze the mind.
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"assimilate" -- which has meant different things at different times, but has always seemed to require that Indians sell their land for next to nothing.
The researchers found that Latino immigrants 'ability to "assimilate" into the broader American social and political culture depends in large part on the way they perceive and project their images in relation to whites.
Among many other important parts of the history of native peoples in California, the show presented the different boarding schools that native children were taken to in order to "assimilate" into white American culture.
But surely the hallmark of the late learner of any language is an excessively cautious and conventional style, an attempt to "assimilate" in speech.
My thought is that after rejection for so long and by so many, some people do not wish to "assimilate", _if_ by assimilate you mean disappear in the larger society.