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as·sim·i·late

 (ə-sĭm′ə-lāt′)
v. as·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing, as·sim·i·lates
v.tr.
1. Physiology
a. To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.
b. To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
2. To incorporate and absorb into the mind: assimilate knowledge.
3. To make similar; cause to resemble.
4. Linguistics To alter (a sound) by assimilation.
5. To absorb (immigrants or a culturally distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
v.intr.
To become assimilated.

[Middle English assimilaten, from Latin assimilāre, assimilāt-, to make similar to : ad-, ad- + similis, like; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sim′i·la′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.assimilating - capable of taking (gas, light, or liquids) into a solution; "an assimilative substance
absorbent, absorptive - having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.); "as absorbent as a sponge"
References in classic literature ?
The mass would be likely to remain nearly the same, assimilating constantly to itself its gradual accretions.
Sometimes they sojourned for months among them, assimilating to their tastes and habits with the happy facility of Frenchmen, adopting in some degree the Indian dress, and not unfrequently taking to themselves Indian wives.
The governmental sector came third by assimilating 59,614 expatriate workers including 38,917 male workers; in addition to 20,697 female workers with a decrease rate of 1.
This can be helpful, but sets up the idea that different groups become the same and acceptance means assimilating to one standard; all Muslims are alike, Muslims are either willing or unwilling to become Americans, and if America is not the standard, America will have to assimilate to Islam.
The researchers began by constructing a model in which they classified certain activities as assimilating activities and others as nonassimilating activities.
In his weekly radio address President Bush said, This bill provides an historic opportunity to uphold America's tradition of welcoming and assimilating immigrants and honoring our heritage as a Nation built on the rule of law.
But it is also true that some Muslims are not assimilating into this culture well.
What was missing is the flip side of the coin, the impact of assimilating all these immigrants.
Living the American dream requires learning the language, engaging the culture, joining the economy -- that is, assimilating.
If there is a tendency to have acid reflux, it is wise to refrain from eating several hours before bedtime, and to walk for ten minutes or more after meals to assist the body in assimilating food.