- 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 of adsorb; from ad- + Classical Latin sorbere: see absorb
transitive verbad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
Origin of adsorbad– + Latin sorb&emacron;re, to suck.
(third-person singular simple present adsorbs, present participle adsorbing, simple past and past participle adsorbed)