1. [ noun ] (sociology) the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
Synonyms: absorption
Related terms: group_action social_process Europeanization westernization Americanization absorb
2. [ noun ] (biology,medicine) the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
Synonyms: absorption
Related terms: organic_process malabsorption assimilate
3. [ noun ] (psychology,education) the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
Synonyms: acculturation
Related terms: education absorb
4. [ noun ] (linguistics) a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
Related terms: linguistic_process assimilate
5. [ noun ] the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
Related terms: relationship assimilate
6. [ noun ] (psychology,education) in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
Related terms: developmental_learning absorb
Similar spelling:   assimilating