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absorb

ab·sorb

absorb

 
 
pronunciation:
b zorb
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part of speech: verb
inflections: absorbed, absorbing, absorbs
definition: to take in liquid through the surface.
These towels don't absorb water well.
 
antonyms:
discharge, emit
similar words:
comprehend, digest, drink, grasp, understand
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."