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ab·sorb

 (əb-zôrb′, -sôrb′)
tr.v. ab·sorbed, ab·sorb·ing, ab·sorbs
1. To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.
2.
a. To occupy the attention, interest, or time of; engross: The problem completely absorbed her. See Synonyms at engross.
b. To take up or occupy (one's time or interest, for example).
3. To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission.
4. To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream.
5. To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color" (Peter Plagen).
6. To receive (an impulse) without echo or recoil: a fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact.
7. To assume or pay for (a cost or costs).
8. To endure; accommodate: couldn't absorb the additional hardships.
9. To use up; consume: The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.

[Middle English, to swallow up, from Old French absorber, from Latin absorbēre : ab-, away; see ab-1 + sorbēre, to suck.]

ab·sorb′a·bil′i·ty n.
ab·sorb′a·ble adj.
ab·sorb′ed·ly adv.
ab·sorb′er n.
ab·sorb′ing·ly adv.

absorb

(əbˈsɔːb; -ˈzɔːb)
vb (tr)
1. to soak or suck up (liquids)
2. to engage or occupy (the interest, attention, or time) of (someone); engross
3. to receive or take in (the energy of an impact)
4. (General Physics) physics to take in (all or part of incident radiated energy) and retain the part that is not reflected or transmitted
5. to take in or assimilate; incorporate
6. to accept and find a market for (goods, etc)
7. to pay for as part of a commercial transaction: the distributor absorbed the cost of transport.
8. (Chemistry) chem to cause to undergo a process in which one substance, usually a liquid or gas, permeates into or is dissolved by a liquid or solid: porous solids absorb water; hydrochloric acid absorbs carbon dioxide. Compare adsorb
[C15: via Old French from Latin absorbēre to suck, swallow, from ab-1 + sorbēre to suck]
abˌsorbaˈbility n
abˈsorbable adj

ab•sorb

(æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb)

v.t.
1. to suck up (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water.
2. to take in and assimilate; incorporate: The empire absorbed many nations.
3. to involve the full attention of; engross: This book will absorb the serious reader.
4. to occupy or fill (time, attention, etc.).
5. to assimilate by chemical or molecular action.
6. to take in without echo, recoil, or reflection: to absorb shock; to absorb sound.
7. to take in and utilize: to absorb information.
8. to pay for (costs, taxes, etc.).
9. Archaic. to swallow up.
[1480–90; < Latin absorbēre=ab- ab- + sorbēre to suck in, swallow]
ab•sorb′a•ble, adj.
ab•sorb`a•bil′i•ty, n.
ab•sorb′er, n.

absorb


Past participle: absorbed
Gerund: absorbing

Imperative
absorb
absorb
Present
I absorb
you absorb
he/she/it absorbs
we absorb
you absorb
they absorb
Preterite
I absorbed
you absorbed
he/she/it absorbed
we absorbed
you absorbed
they absorbed
Present Continuous
I am absorbing
you are absorbing
he/she/it is absorbing
we are absorbing
you are absorbing
they are absorbing
Present Perfect
I have absorbed
you have absorbed
he/she/it has absorbed
we have absorbed
you have absorbed
they have absorbed
Past Continuous
I was absorbing
you were absorbing
he/she/it was absorbing
we were absorbing
you were absorbing
they were absorbing
Past Perfect
I had absorbed
you had absorbed
he/she/it had absorbed
we had absorbed
you had absorbed
they had absorbed
Future
I will absorb
you will absorb
he/she/it will absorb
we will absorb
you will absorb
they will absorb
Future Perfect
I will have absorbed
you will have absorbed
he/she/it will have absorbed
we will have absorbed
you will have absorbed
they will have absorbed
Future Continuous
I will be absorbing
you will be absorbing
he/she/it will be absorbing
we will be absorbing
you will be absorbing
they will be absorbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been absorbing
you have been absorbing
he/she/it has been absorbing
we have been absorbing
you have been absorbing
they have been absorbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been absorbing
you will have been absorbing
he/she/it will have been absorbing
we will have been absorbing
you will have been absorbing
they will have been absorbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been absorbing
you had been absorbing
he/she/it had been absorbing
we had been absorbing
you had been absorbing
they had been absorbing
Conditional
I would absorb
you would absorb
he/she/it would absorb
we would absorb
you would absorb
they would absorb
Past Conditional
I would have absorbed
you would have absorbed
he/she/it would have absorbed
we would have absorbed
you would have absorbed
they would have absorbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.absorb - become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
reabsorb, resorb - undergo resorption
imbibe, assimilate - take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
sorb, take up - take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
2.absorb - take up mentallyabsorb - take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
larn, learn, acquire - gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
imbibe - receive into the mind and retain; "Imbibe ethical principles"
3.absorb - take up, as of debts or paymentsabsorb - take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"
fund - furnish money for; "The government funds basic research in many areas"
4.absorb - take in, also metaphoricallyabsorb - take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
mop, mop up, wipe up - to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
blot - dry (ink) with blotting paper
sponge up - absorb as if with a sponge; "sponge up the spilled milk on the counter"
5.absorb - cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
coalesce, conflate, fuse, immix, mix, merge, commingle, blend, meld, flux, combine - mix together different elements; "The colors blend well"
6.absorb - suck or take up or inabsorb - suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"
suck in, suck - attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.; "The current boom in the economy sucked many workers in from abroad"
give out, emit, give off - give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; "The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits"
7.absorb - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
immerse, plunge - cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
drink in, drink - be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
8.absorb - assimilate or take inabsorb - assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
receive, take in, invite - express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
9.absorb - consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
involve - occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
consume - engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

absorb

verb
1. soak up, drink in, devour, suck up, receive, digest, imbibe, ingest, osmose Refined sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly.
2. assimilate, take in, incorporate, accommodate, homogenize, intermix an economy capable of absorbing thousands of immigrants
3. cushion, suppress, soften, pillow, bolster, stifle, dampen, muffle, buttress, deaden footwear to absorb the impact of a hard pavement
4. consume, use, use up, spend, waste, employ, drain, exhaust, squander, utilize, expend, eat up, fritter away The campaign absorbed vast amounts of capital.
5. engross, hold, involve, fill, arrest, fix, occupy, engage, fascinate, preoccupy, engulf, fill up, immerse, rivet, captivate, monopolize, enwrap a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had

absorb

verb
1. To take in (moisture or liquid):
2. To occupy the full attention of:
3. To take in and incorporate, especially mentally:
Informal: soak (up).
Translations
يَمْتَصْ، يَتَشَرب
pohltitvsát
absorberefordybeopslugeopsugeoptage
neelduma
imeäomaksua
elmerülfelszív
drekka í sigupptekinn
sugeriamasissugėrimassugertiužvaldyti
absorbētsaistītuzsūkt
vpiťzahĺbiť sa
sprejetivpiti
förbrukakonsumera
emmektüm ilgi ve dikkatini çekmek

absorb

[əbˈzɔːb] VT
1. [+ liquid] → absorber; [+ heat, sound, shock, vibrations, radiation] → amortiguar
2. (fig) [+ information] → asimilar; [+ time, energy] → ocupar, absorber
the business absorbs most of his timeel negocio absorbe or le lleva la mayor parte de su tiempo
the parent company absorbs the losses made by the subsidiaryla empresa matriz absorbe las pérdidas de la filial
the country absorbed 1,000 refugeesel país dio entrada a or acogió a 1.000 refugiados
3. (= engross) to be absorbed inestar absorto en, estar ensimismado con
she was absorbed in a bookestaba absorta en or ensimismada con un libro
to get absorbed incentrarse or meterse de lleno en

absorb

[əbˈzɔːrb] vt
(= soak up) [+ liquid, heat, light, water, carbon dioxide] → absorber
[+ impact, shock] → amortir
(= assimilate) [+ group, business] → absorber
Small businesses are being absorbed by larger ones → Les petites entreprises sont en train d'être absorbées par les plus grosses.
(= cope with) [+ effects, losses] → absorber
We can't absorb those costs → Nous ne pouvons absorber ces coûts.
(= take in) [+ information, details] → assimiler; [+ atmosphere] → s'imprégner de

absorb

vtabsorbieren, aufnehmen; liquid alsoaufsaugen; knowledge, news alsoin sich (acc)aufnehmen; vibrationauffangen, absorbieren; shockdämpfen; light, soundabsorbieren, schlucken; people, firmabsorbieren, integrieren (→ into in +acc); costs etctragen; one’s timein Anspruch nehmen; she absorbs things quicklysie hat eine rasche Auffassungsgabe; to be absorbed in a book etcin ein Buch etc vertieft or versunken sein; to get absorbed in a book etcsich in ein Buch etc vertiefen; she was completely absorbed in her family/jobsie ging völlig in ihrer Familie/Arbeit auf

absorb

[əbˈsɔːb] vt (also fig) → assorbire; (costs) → ammortizzare; (information) → assimilare
she was absorbed in a book → era immersa or assorta nella lettura di un libro

absorb

(əbˈzoːb) verb
1. to soak up. The cloth absorbed the ink I had spilled.
2. to take up the whole attention of (a person). He was completely absorbed in his book.
abˈsorbent adjective
able to soak up. absorbent paper.
abˈsorption (-ˈzoːp-) noun

ab·sorb

vt. absorber, sorber, chupar.

absorb

vt absorber
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To absorb it, it was necessary to fill some jars with caustic potash, and to shake them incessantly.
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I am completely ignorant of it, madame," said the cardinal, accompanying his words with a slight shrug of the shoulders; "alas, our own wars quite absorb the time and the mind of a poor, incapable, infirm old minister like me.
He looked wistfully at Benjamin, but did not reply; a deeply-seated anxiety seeming to absorb every other sensation, and to throw a melancholy gloom over his wrinkled features, which were working with the movements of his mind.