Meaning of ABSORB in English

ABSORB

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

1.

If something ~s a liquid, gas, or other substance, it soaks it up or takes it in.

Plants ~ carbon dioxide from the air and moisture from the soil...

Refined sugars are ~ed into the bloodstream very quickly.

= soak up

VERB: V n, be V-ed into n

2.

If something ~s light, heat, or another form of energy, it takes it in.

A household radiator ~s energy in the form of electric current and releases it in the form of heat.

VERB: V n

3.

If a group is ~ed into a larger group, it becomes part of the larger group.

The Colonial Office was ~ed into the Foreign Office.

...an economy capable of ~ing thousands of immigrants.

VERB: be V-ed into n, V n

4.

If something ~s a force or shock, it reduces its effect.

...footwear which does not ~ the impact of the foot striking the ground.

VERB: V n

5.

If a system or society ~s changes, effects, or costs, it is able to deal with them.

The banks would be forced to ~ large losses...

VERB: V n

6.

If something ~s something valuable such as money, space, or time, it uses up a great deal of it.

It ~ed vast amounts of capital that could have been used for investment...

= consume

VERB: V n

7.

If you ~ information, you learn and understand it.

Too often he only ~s half the information in the manual...

= digest, assimilate

VERB: V n

8.

If something ~s you, it interests you a great deal and takes up all your attention and energy.

...a second career which ~ed her more completely than her acting ever had.

VERB: V n

see also ~ed , ~ing

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