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Absorb vs. Engage

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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.

Engageverb

To interact socially.

Absorbverb

To engulf, as in water; to swallow up.

Engageverb

To engross or hold the attention of; to keep busy or occupied.

Absorbverb

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

Engageverb

To draw into conversation.

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Absorbverb

To take in energy and convert it, as

Engageverb

To attract, to please; (archaic) to fascinate or win over (someone).

Absorbverb

in receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.

Engageverb

(heading) To interact antagonistically.

Absorbverb

in receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.

Engageverb

(transitive) To enter into conflict with (an enemy).

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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.’;

Engageverb

(intransitive) To enter into battle.

Absorbverb

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

Engageverb

(heading) To interact contractually.

Absorbverb

(transitive) To occupy or consume time.

Engageverb

(transitive) To arrange to employ or use (a worker, a space, etc.).

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Absorbverb

(transitive) Assimilate mentally.

Engageverb

(intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something).

Absorbverb

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

Engageverb

(transitive) To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) usually in passive.

‘They were engaged last month! They're planning to have the wedding next year.’;

Absorbverb

(transitive) To defray the costs.

Engageverb

To pledge, pawn (one's property); to put (something) at risk or on the line; to mortgage (houses, land).

Absorbverb

(transitive) To accept or purchase in quantity.

Engageverb

(heading) To interact mechanically.

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.’;

Engageverb

To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch).

‘Whenever I engage the clutch, the car stalls out.’;

Absorbverb

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

Engageverb

To come into gear with.

‘The teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another.’;

Absorbverb

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

Engageverb

(intransitive) To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).

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.’;

Engageverb

To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise.

Absorbverb

become imbued;

‘The liquids, light, and gases absorb’;

Engageverb

To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service.

Absorbverb

take up mentally;

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

Engageverb

To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.

‘Good nature engages everybody to him.’;

Absorbverb

take up, as of debts or payments;

‘absorb the costs for something’;

Engageverb

To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.

‘Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage.’; ‘Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation.’;

Absorbverb

take in, also metaphorically;

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

Engageverb

To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.

‘A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy.’;

Absorbverb

cause to become one with;

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

Engageverb

To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part.

Absorbverb

suck or take up or in;

‘A black star absorbs all matter’;

Engageverb

To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.

‘How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not.’;

Absorbverb

engross (oneself) fully;

‘He immersed himself into his studies’;

Engageverb

To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.

Absorbverb

assimilate or take in;

‘The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society’;

Engageverb

To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.

Absorbverb

engage or engross wholly;

‘Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely’;

Engageverb

To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.

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’;

Engageverb

carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in;

‘She pursued many activities’; ‘They engaged in a discussion’;

Absorbverb

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

‘she absorbed the information in silence’;

Engageverb

engage or engross wholly;

‘Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely’;

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’;

Engageverb

engage or hire for work;

‘They hired two new secretaries in the department’; ‘How many people has she employed?’;

Absorbverb

use or take up (time or resources)

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

Engageverb

ask to represent; of legal counsel;

‘I'm retaining a lawyer’;

Absorbverb

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

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

Engageverb

give to in marriage

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’;

Engageverb

get caught;

‘make sure the gear is engaged’;

Engageverb

as of wars, battles, or campaigns;

‘Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe’;

Engageverb

as of aid, help, services, or support

Engageverb

engage for service under a term of contract;

‘We took an apartment on a quiet street’; ‘Let's rent a car’; ‘Shall we take a guide in Rome?’;

Engageverb

keep engaged;

‘engaged the gears’;

Engageverb

occupy or attract (someone's interest or attention)

‘I told him I was otherwise engaged’; ‘he ploughed on, trying to outline his plans and engage Sutton's attention’;

Engageverb

involve someone in (a conversation or discussion)

‘they attempted to engage Anthony in conversation’;

Engageverb

participate or become involved in

‘some are actively engaged in crime’; ‘organizations engage in a variety of activities’;

Engageverb

establish a meaningful contact or connection with

‘the teams needed to engage with local communities’;

Engageverb

arrange to employ or hire (someone)

‘he was engaged as a trainee copywriter’;

Engageverb

pledge or enter into a contract to do something

‘he engaged to pay them £10,000 against a bond’;

Engageverb

reserve (accommodation, a place, etc.) in advance

‘she had offered to engage a room in the house of the woman’;

Engageverb

(with reference to a part of a machine or engine) move into position so as to come into operation

‘the driver engaged the gears and pulled out into the road’; ‘the clutch will not engage’;

Engageverb

(of fencers or swordsmen) bring (weapons) together preparatory to fighting.

Engageverb

enter into combat with (an enemy)

‘tank and infantry units engaged the enemy’;

Engageadjective

(of a writer or artist) committed to a particular aim or cause.

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