Meaning of absorb
Pronunciation: (ab-sôrb', -zôrb'), [key]
- to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water.
- to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate: The empire absorbed many small nations.
- to involve the full attention of; to engross or engage wholly: so absorbed in a book that he did not hear the bell.
- to occupy or fill: This job absorbs all of my time.
- to take up or receive by chemical or molecular action: Carbonic acid is formed when water absorbs carbon dioxide.
- to take in without echo, recoil, or reflection: to absorb sound and light; to absorb shock.
- to take in and utilize:Can your brain absorb all this information? The market absorbed all the computers we could build.
- to pay for (costs, taxes, etc.): The company will absorb all the research costs.
- to swallow up.
- absorb (Thesaurus)