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absorb

ab·sorb

absorb

 
 
pronunciation:
b zorb
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part of speech: verb
inflections: absorbed, absorbing, absorbs
definition 1: to take in or soak up.
A paper towel will absorb the spilled milk.
 
synonyms:
soak up
antonyms:
discharge, emit, repel, secrete
similar words:
blot, comprehend, devour, digest, drink, grasp, sponge, understand
definition 2: to hold the full attention of.
Her new pet lizards absorbed her for weeks.
synonyms:
engross, involve
similar words:
arrest, busy, consume, devour, engage, enthrall, fascinate, grip, hold, hypnotize, immerse, occupy, rivet, seize
derivations: absorbable (adj.), absorber (n.)
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The word absorb contains the following part:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."