Other forms: absorbed; absorbing; absorbs

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
  1. verb
    take in a liquid
    “The sponge absorbs water well”
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    suck or take up or in
    “A black star absorbs all matter”
    synonyms: take in
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    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.
  3. verb
    assimilate or take in
    “The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society”
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    invite, receive, take in
    express willingness to have in one's home or environs
  4. verb
    take up, as of debts or payments
    absorb the costs for something”
    synonyms: take over
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    furnish money for
  5. verb
    become imbued
    “The liquids, light, and gases absorb
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    reabsorb, resorb
    undergo resorption
    assimilate, imbibe
    take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
    type of:
    sorb, take up
    take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
  6. verb
    take up mentally
    “he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe”
    synonyms: assimilate, ingest, take in
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    receive into the mind and retain
    type of:
    acquire, larn, learn
    gain knowledge or skills
  7. verb
    consume all of one's attention or time
    “Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely”
    synonyms: engage, engross, occupy
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    occupy or engage the interest of
    engage fully
    hold (someone's attention)
    type of:
    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  8. verb
    devote (oneself) fully to
    synonyms: engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
    immerse, plunge
    cause to be immersed
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    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
  9. verb
    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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