To absorb is to take in or suck up like a sponge. If you don't hear your mother calling because you are reading, you could say you were absorbed in the book.

If your parents buy groceries for a party you are throwing and don't make you pay, you could say that they decided to absorb the cost of the food. Young minds absorb information easily. The word, absorbent, describes something that is capable of absorbing something else. When you go swimming on a chilly day, it's best to carry an absorbent towel so that all of the water is absorbed from the surface of your skin.

Definitions of absorb

v take in a liquid

“The sponge absorbs water well”
draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up
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mop, mop up, wipe up
to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
dry (ink) with blotting paper
sponge up
absorb as if with a sponge
swab, swob
wash with a swab or a mop
soak up with a sponge

v suck or take up or in

“A black star absorbs all matter”
take in
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
suck, suck in
attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.

v assimilate or take in

“The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society”
Type of:
invite, receive, take in
express willingness to have in one's home or environs

v take up, as of debts or payments

absorb the costs for something”
take over
Type of:
furnish money for

v become imbued

“The liquids, light, and gases absorb
reabsorb, resorb
undergo resorption
assimilate, imbibe
take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
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sorb, take up
take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption

v take up mentally

“he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe”
assimilate, ingest, take in
receive into the mind and retain
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acquire, larn, learn
gain knowledge or skills

v consume all of one's attention or time

“Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely”
engage, engross, occupy
occupy or engage the interest of
engage fully
hold (someone's attention)
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excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

v devote (oneself) fully to

engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
immerse, plunge
cause to be immersed
drink, drink in
be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
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center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something

v cause to become one with

“The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax”
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blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
mix together different elements

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