absorb Definition

  • 1take in or soak up (energy, liquid, or other substance) by chemical or physical action, typically gradually.
  • 2assimilate or incorporate (ideas or information) into the mind.
  • 3occupy or attract (someone's interest or attention).

Using absorb: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "absorb" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sponge absorbed all the water.

  • Example

    Plants absorb carbon dioxide.

  • Example

    She absorbed the information quickly.

  • Example

    The novel absorbed her attention for hours.

  • Example

    The company was absorbed by a larger corporation.

absorb Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with absorb

  • to bear the cost of something oneself rather than passing it on to someone else


    The company decided to absorb the cost of the damaged goods.

  • to become completely engrossed or involved in something


    She absorbed herself in her work and forgot about everything else.

  • to lessen the impact of a sudden or unexpected event


    The airbag is designed to absorb the shock of a collision.

Origins of absorb

from Latin 'absorbere', from ab- 'away' + sorbere 'suck up'


Summary: absorb in Brief

'Absorb' [əbˈsɔːrb] means to take in or soak up energy, liquid, or other substance by chemical or physical action, to assimilate or incorporate ideas or information into the mind, or to occupy or attract someone's interest or attention. It can be used in phrases like 'absorb the cost,' meaning to bear the cost of something oneself, and 'absorb oneself in something,' meaning to become completely engrossed or involved in something.

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