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Dictionary definition for: Absorb

1. (v) become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"

2. (v) take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

3. (v) take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"

4. (v) take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well" "She drew strength from the minister''s words"

5. (v) cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"

6. (v) suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"

7. (v) engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"

8. (v) assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"

9. (v) engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

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