Blotting paper absorbs ink.
Immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream.
An example of absorb is when a towel takes in water from your body after a bath.
An example of absorb is a big company that takes over a smaller one.
An example of absorb is to be thoroughly engaged in a hobby and lose track of time.
The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.
The problem completely absorbed her.
- (physics) In receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.
- (physics) In receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.
- (physics) Taking in radiant energy and converting it to a different form of energy, like heat.
Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
A fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact.
Couldn't absorb the additional hardships.
Origin of absorb
- 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
- 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.