- 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.
to collect (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) in condensed form on a surface
Origin of adsorb; from ad- + Classical Latin sorbere: see absorb
transitive verbad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
To take up by adsorption.
Origin of adsorbad– + Latin sorbēre, to suck.
(third-person singular simple present adsorbs, present participle adsorbing, simple past and past participle adsorbed)