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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.

absorbed

(əbˈsɔːbd; -ˈzɔːbd)
adj
engrossed; deeply interested
absorbedly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.absorbed - giving or marked by complete attention to; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"
attentive - (often followed by `to') giving care or attention; "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor"
2.absorbed - retained without reflectionabsorbed - retained without reflection; "the absorbed light intensity"
unreflected - (especially of incident sound or light) not turned back by physical reflection

absorbed

adjective
2. digested, soaked up, devoured, assimilated, received, exhausted, incorporated, consumed, imbibed Cook until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice.

absorbed

adjective
Having one's thoughts fully occupied:
Translations
pohlcený
absorboitunut

absorbed

[əbˈzɔːrbd] adj (= engrossed) → absorbé(e)
to be absorbed in sth → être absorbé(e) par qch
to be absorbed in one's work → être absorbé(e) par son travail, être tout(e) entier/ière à son travail
to be absorbed in a book → être plongé(e) dans un livre
to be absorbed in doing sth → être absorbé(e) à faire qch
to be absorbed in each other → être fascinés l'un par l'autre
References in classic literature ?
On New Year's Eve the parlor was deserted, for the two younger girls played dressing maids and the two elder were absorbed in the all-important business of `getting ready for the party'.
When Jesse Bentley, absorbed in his own idea, suddenly arose and advanced toward him, his terror grew until his whole body shook.
All the drivers were more or less the worse for merry-making, and the groom was absorbed in his bride.
asked Adele of her companion, whose countenance she had been watching with a little amused attention, arrested by the absorbed expression which seemed to have seized and fixed every feature into a statuesque repose.
For several minutes Munro paced the chamber with long and rapid strides, his rigid features working convulsively, and every faculty seemingly absorbed in the musings of his own mind.
Happily, their father, completely absorbed in a practical, scientific, and approving contemplation of the topography and material resources of the scene of his future labors, had no time to notice their defection.
Even yet, though my thoughts were ultimately much absorbed in the task, it wears, to my eye, a stern and sombre aspect: too much ungladdened by genial sunshine; too little relieved by the tender and familiar influences which soften almost every scene of nature and real life, and undoubtedly should soften every picture of them.
Hidden, protected, absorbed, she evidently rested on the sill-- the casement opened forward--and gave herself up.
When he entered I observed that he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of the water it had absorbed.
Stubb was beginning to look disappointed, especially as the horrible nosegay increased, when suddenly from out the very heart of this plague, there stole a faint stream of perfume, which flowed through the tide of bad smells without being absorbed by it, as one river will flow into and then along with another, without at all blending with it for a time.
Haley and Tom jogged onward in their wagon, each, for a time, absorbed in his own reflections.
Comparisons were made all over the house--even the judge and jury were absorbed in this curious work.