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v. as·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing, as·sim·i·lates
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.
To become assimilated.
[Middle English assimilaten, from Latin assimilāre, assimilāt-, to make similar to : ad-, ad- + similis, like; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||assimilator - someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
quick study, sponge - someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily; "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
dweeb, grind, nerd, swot, wonk - an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
tutee - learns from a tutor
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