assimilate[ə sim′ə lāt′]
- To assimilate is defined as to become like others, or help another person to adapt to a new environment.
An example of someone who may attempt to assimilate a country's customs is an immigrant.
- The definition of assimilate is to learn and comprehend.
An example of something one might assimilate is the dialect of a different region after spending much time there.
- In physiology, to assimilate is for the body to absorb food.
An example of something body might assimilate is milk.
transitive verbassimilated, assimilating
- to change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the body tissues; absorb into the body
- to absorb and incorporate into one's thinking
- to absorb (groups of different cultures) into the main cultural body
- to make like or alike; cause to resemble: with to
- Now Rare to compare or liken
- Linguis. to cause to undergo assimilation
Origin of assimilateMiddle English assimilaten ; from Classical Latin assimilatus, past participle of assimilare ; from ad-, to + similare, make similar ; from similis, like: see same
- to become like or alike
- to be absorbed and incorporated
- Linguis. to undergo assimilation
verbas·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing, as·sim·i·lates
- Physiology a. To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.b. To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
- To incorporate and absorb into the mind: assimilate knowledge.
- To make similar; cause to resemble.
- Linguistics To alter (a sound) by assimilation.
- To absorb (immigrants or a culturally distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
Origin of assimilateMiddle English assimilaten, from Latin assimilāre, assimilāt-, to make similar to : ad-, ad- + similis, like; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present assimilates, present participle assimilating, simple past and past participle assimilated)
- To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
- Food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.
- To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.
- The teacher paused in her lecture to allow the students to assimilate what she had said.
- To absorb a group of people into a community.
- The aliens in the science-fiction film wanted to assimilate human beings into their own race.
- To compare a thing to something similar.
- To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.