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Absorb Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
  • engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  • engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"
  • take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
  • assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
  • take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister''s words"
  • become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
  • take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"
  • suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"

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Absorb Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Absorption is a condition in which something takes in another substance. It is a physical or chemical phenomenon or process, in which atoms, molecules, or ions enter in the inner part (called "bulk") of a gas, liquid, or solid material.

This is a different process from adsorption. Molecules undergoing absorption are going deep into the volume of the material, instead in the case of adsorption molecules stop at the surface of the material. A more general term is sorption, which covers absorption, adsorption, and ion exchange.

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'Absorb' example sentence in quotations

* All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. - Aristotle

* When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. - Michel de Montaigne

* Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition. - William Osler

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