- (transitive) To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to incorporate; to assimilate.
- Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all. - Cowper
- The large cities the wealth and fashion. - W. Irving
- (transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. - Bacon
- (transitive) To learn
- (transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
- (transitive) To consume completely.
- (transitive) To endure.
- (transitive) (physics) To take up by chemical or physical action.
- Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
- (transitive) (finance) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
Etymology: 15th Century, via , from Latin (term, absorbere), which is formed from prefix (term, ab-, , from), + (term, sorbere, , suck in), akin to Greek; compare French (term, absorber).
- Dutch: absorberen, imeí¤
- French: absorber
- German: absorbieren
- Italian: assorbire
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