assimilate

If you are trying to fit in, you are trying to assimilate.

Imported from Latin, assimilate has the word similar within it and in fact, means "to become like something else." If someone moves to another country, he or she will need to assimilate by adapting to and taking in the language, culture and customs of the new place. You can also turn the phrase around to say that a country assimilates immigrants, which means that a place accepts immigrants and allows them to adapt easily. In scientific use, the body assimilates nutrients as a part of digestion.

Definitions of assimilate
  1. verb
    make similar
    “This country assimilates immigrants very quickly”
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    Antonyms:
    dissimilate
    make dissimilar; cause to become less similar
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    become similar to one's environment
    “Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly”
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    Antonyms:
    dissimilate
    become dissimilar or less similar
    types:
    acculturate
    assimilate culturally
    detribalise, detribalize
    cause members of a tribe to lose their cultural identity
    type of:
    adapt, adjust, conform
    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  3. verb
    become similar in sound
    “The nasal assimilates to the following consonant”
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    Antonyms:
    dissimilate
    become dissimilar by changing the sound qualities
    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    take up mentally
    synonyms: absorb, ingest, take in
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    types:
    imbibe
    receive into the mind and retain
    type of:
    acquire, larn, learn
    gain knowledge or skills
  5. verb
    take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
    synonyms: imbibe
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    type of:
    absorb
    become imbued
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