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Absorb vs. Assimilate

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Absorbverb

(transitive) To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to incorporate; to assimilate; to take in and use up.

Assimilateverb

(transitive) To incorporate nutrients into the body, especially after digestion.

‘Food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.’;

Absorbverb

To engulf, as in water; to swallow up.

Assimilateverb

(transitive) To incorporate or absorb (knowledge) into the mind.

‘The teacher paused in her lecture to allow the students to assimilate what she had said.’;

Absorbverb

(transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe, like a sponge or as the lacteals of the body; to chemically take in.

Assimilateverb

(transitive) To absorb (a person or people) into a community or culture.

‘The aliens in the science-fiction film wanted to assimilate human beings into their own race.’;

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Absorbverb

To take in energy and convert it, as

Assimilateverb

(transitive) To compare to something similar.

Absorbverb

in receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.

Assimilateverb

(transitive) To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.

Absorbverb

in receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.

Assimilateverb

(intransitive) To become similar.

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Absorbverb

taking in radiant energy and converting it to a different form of energy, like heat.

‘Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.’;

Assimilateverb

(intransitive) To be incorporated or absorbed into something.

Absorbverb

(transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully

Assimilatenoun

Something that is or has been assimilated.

Absorbverb

(transitive) To occupy or consume time.

Assimilateverb

To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.

‘To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland.’; ‘Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakesAssimilate all objects.’;

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Absorbverb

(transitive) Assimilate mentally.

Assimilateverb

To liken; to compa e.

Absorbverb

To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.

Assimilateverb

To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.

‘Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate their nourishment.’; ‘His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons.’;

Absorbverb

(transitive) To defray the costs.

Assimilateverb

To become similar or like something else.

Absorbverb

(transitive) To accept or purchase in quantity.

Assimilateverb

To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a part of the substance of the assimilating body.

‘Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood.’;

Absorbverb

To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.

‘The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion.’;

Assimilateverb

To be converted into the substance of the assimilating body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food assimilate more readily than others.

‘I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with the church of England.’;

Absorbverb

To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.

Assimilateverb

take up mentally;

‘he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe’;

Absorbverb

To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.

Assimilateverb

become similar to one's environment;

‘Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly’;

Absorbverb

To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass.

‘That grave question which had begun to absorb the Christian mind - the marriage of the clergy.’; ‘Too long hath love engrossed Britannia's stage,And sunk to softness all our tragic rage.’; ‘Should not the sad occasion swallow upMy other cares?’; ‘And in destruction's riverEngulf and swallow those.’;

Assimilateverb

make similar;

‘This country assimilates immigrants very quickly’;

Absorbverb

become imbued;

‘The liquids, light, and gases absorb’;

Assimilateverb

take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

Absorbverb

take up mentally;

‘he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe’;

Assimilateverb

become similar in sound;

‘The nasal assimialates to the following consonant’;

Absorbverb

take up, as of debts or payments;

‘absorb the costs for something’;

Absorbverb

take in, also metaphorically;

‘The sponge absorbs water well’; ‘She drew strength from the minister's words’;

Absorbverb

cause to become one with;

‘The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax’;

Absorbverb

suck or take up or in;

‘A black star absorbs all matter’;

Absorbverb

engross (oneself) fully;

‘He immersed himself into his studies’;

Absorbverb

assimilate or take in;

‘The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society’;

Absorbverb

engage or engross wholly;

‘Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely’;

Absorbverb

take in or soak up (energy or a liquid or other substance) by chemical or physical action

‘buildings can be designed to absorb and retain heat’; ‘steroids are absorbed into the bloodstream’;

Absorbverb

take in and understand fully (information, ideas, or experience)

‘she absorbed the information in silence’;

Absorbverb

take control of (a smaller or less powerful entity) and make it a part of a larger one

‘the family firm was absorbed into a larger group’;

Absorbverb

use or take up (time or resources)

‘arms spending absorbs roughly two per cent of the national income’;

Absorbverb

take up and reduce the effect or intensity of (sound or an impact)

‘deep-pile carpets absorbed all sound of the outside world’;

Absorbverb

take up the attention of (someone); interest greatly

‘she sat in an armchair, absorbed in a book’; ‘the work absorbed him and continued to make him happy’;

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