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.

Primary Meanings of assimilate

1.
v
make similar
2.
v
take up mentally
Full Definitions of assimilate
1

v make similar

“This country assimilates immigrants very quickly”
Antonyms:
dissimilate
make dissimilar; cause to become less similar
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become similar to one's environment

“Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly”
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

v become similar in sound

“The nasal assimilates to the following consonant”
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
2

v take up mentally

Synonyms:
absorb, ingest, take in
Types:
imbibe
receive into the mind and retain
Type of:
acquire, larn, learn
gain knowledge or skills

v take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

Synonyms:
imbibe
Type of:
absorb
become imbued

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