1. [ verb ] (chemistry) become imbued; of liquids, light, or gases, in chemistry
Related terms: sorb assimilate reabsorb chemistry absorber absorbent_material
2. [ verb ] (education) take up mentally
Synonyms: assimilate take_in ingest

"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

Related terms: learn imbibe assimilation acculturation
3. [ verb ] take in, also metaphorically
Synonyms: suck_up imbibe take_up sop_up draw take_in soak_up suck

"The sponge absorbs water well" "She drew strength from the minister's words"

Related terms: wipe_up blot sponge_up attract attract distract aspirate suck_in aspirate suck_in chump absorption sucking absorber
4. [ verb ] (business) take up, as of debts or payments
Synonyms: take_over

"absorb the costs for something"

Related terms: fund
5. [ verb ] cause to become one with

"The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"

Related terms: blend
6. [ verb ] suck or take up or in
Synonyms: take_in

"A black star absorbs all matter."

Related terms: emit suck absorption
7. [ verb ] engross (oneself) fully
Synonyms: engulf steep immerse engross soak_up plunge

"He immersed himself into his studies"

Related terms: concentrate drink_in plunge concentration intentness
8. [ verb ] assimilate or take in

"The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"

Related terms: receive
9. [ verb ] engage or engross wholly
Synonyms: engage occupy engross

"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

Related terms: interest involve rivet consume preoccupation occupation intentness
Similar spelling:   absorber