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absorb

verb (v)

  • become imbued (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The liquids, light, and gases absorb.
    source: wordnet30
  • take up mentally (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    He absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe.
    source: wordnet30
  • take up, as of debts or payments (verb.possession)
    Synonym: take over
    Example:
    Absorb the costs for something.
    source: wordnet30
  • take in, also metaphorically (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The sponge absorbs water well.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to become one with (verb.change)
    Example:
    The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax.
    source: wordnet30
  • suck or take up or in (verb.weather)
    Synonym: take in
    Antonym: emit, give off, give out
    Example:
    A black star absorbs all matter.
    source: wordnet30
  • devote (oneself) fully to (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • assimilate or take in (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society.
    source: wordnet30
  • consume all of one's attention or time (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: engage, engross, occupy
    Example:
    Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely.
    source: wordnet30
  • To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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