Origin of Absorb
First attested around 1425. From Middle French absorber, from Old French assorbir,from Latin absorbeō (“swallow up”), from ab (“from”) + sorbeō (“suck in, swallow”); akin to Ancient Greek ῥοφέω (ropheō, “sup up”), Middle Irish srub (“snout”), Lithuanian srēbti (“to sip”), and perhaps to Middle High German sürpfeln (“to sip”), and Norwegian slurpe. Compare French absorber.
Middle English to swallow up from Old French absorber from Latin absorbēre ab- away ab–1 sorbēre to suck
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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