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absorb

ab·sorb

absorb

 
 
pronunciation:
b zorb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: absorbed, absorbing, absorbs
definition 1: to take in or soak up.
This thin rag can't absorb all this liquid.
 
synonyms:
soak up
antonyms:
discharge, emit, exude, repel, secrete
similar words:
assimilate, blot, comprehend, devour, digest, drink, grasp, imbibe, ingest, osmose, sop, sponge, understand
definition 2: to strongly involve or engage.
She's a great writer, and her books always absorb me completely.
synonyms:
engross, involve
similar words:
arrest, bury, busy, consume, devour, engage, enthrall, enwrap, fascinate, grip, hold, hypnotize, imbibe, immerse, mesmerize, occupy, preoccupy, rivet, seize, take
definition 3: to accept or assume (cost).
Without liability insurance, he had to absorb the loss from the theft.
synonyms:
bear
similar words:
assume, cover, eat
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."