Definitions
absorb Tweet Definition of absorb Like Definition of absorb on Facebook
verb 
  1. (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
      1. (transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. - Bacon
      2. (transitive) To learn
      3. (transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
      4. (transitive) To consume completely.
      5. (transitive) To endure.
      6. (transitive) (physics) To take up by chemical or physical action.
      Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
      1. (transitive) (finance) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: absorberen, imeí¤
  • French: absorber
  • German: absorbieren
  • Italian: assorbire
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).


Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for absorb for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

     
  

 Find:
  Words Starting With:
  Words Ending With:
  Words Containing:
  Words That Match:

 
 Translate Into:
  
Dutch   French   German
  
Italian   Spanish
    Show results per page.

Browse the Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

   
Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
Allwords Copyright 1998-2019 All rights reserved.