- The definition of absorb is to fully take in something or someone.
- A paper towel cleaning up a spill is an example of absorb.
- A person so interested in a conversation they don't notice their phone ringing is an example of absorb.
Origin: ; from ad- plush Classical Latin sorbere: see absorb
- adsorbable adjective
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transitive verb ad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
Origin: ad- + Latin sorbēre, to suck.
- ad·sorbˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- ad·sorbˈa·ble adjective
adsorb - Medical Definition