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assimilate

as·sim·i·late

assimilate

 
pronunciation:
sI m leIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: assimilated, assimilates, assimilating
definition 1: to absorb and incorporate (knowledge, experience, or the like).
She'd studied a great deal, but she needed more time to assimilate the information before the oral exam.
synonyms:
absorb, digest, incorporate
similar words:
appropriate, consume, imbibe
definition 2: to metabolize (food); digest.
synonyms:
digest, metabolize
similar words:
consume, convert, eat, ingest
definition 3: to absorb and incorporate (an ethnically distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
synonyms:
acculturate, integrate, naturalize
similar words:
accustom, amalgamate, blend, convert, transform, unite
definition 4: in phonetics, to modify (a sound) to make it resemble a linguistically adjacent sound.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be or become absorbed or incorporated.
synonyms:
adjust
similar words:
naturalize
definition 2: of food, to be or become absorbed into an organism's system.
synonyms:
digest, metabolize
similar words:
convert
definition 3: to adapt and conform.
Some immigrant groups assimilate easily, while others cling to their old ways.
synonyms:
acclimate, adapt, adjust, conform
similar words:
accommodate, convert
definition 4: of a speech sound, to become modified by a linguistically adjacent sound.
derivations: assimilative (adj.), assimilator (n.)
Word Parts
The word assimilate contains the following parts:
sim, semb Latin root that means like, similar
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).