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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.
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absorbing

(əbˈsɔːbɪŋ; -ˈzɔːb-)
adj
occupying one's interest or attention; engrossing; gripping
abˈsorbingly adv
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ab•sorb•ing

(æbˈsɔr bɪŋ, -ˈzɔr-)

adj.
extremely interesting or involving; engrossing.
[1745–55]
ab•sorb′ing•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.absorbing - capable of arousing and holding the attentionabsorbing - capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a fascinating story"
interesting - arousing or holding the attention
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absorbing

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

absorbing

adjective
Catching and holding the full attention:
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Translations

absorbing

[əbˈzɔːbɪŋ] ADJ [study etc] (= fascinating) → apasionante; (= engrossing) → absorbente
I find history very absorbingme apasiona la historia, encuentro la historia apasionante
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

absorbing

[əbˈzɔːrbɪŋ] adj (= fascinating) [work, task, hobby] → absorbant(e); [book, film, sports match] → captivant(e)
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absorbing

adjfesselnd
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

absorbing

[əbˈsɔːbɪŋ] adjavvincente, molto interessante
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