Absorb Definition

əb-zôrb, -sôrb
absorbed, absorbing, absorbs
absorbed, absorbing, absorbs
To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.
American Heritage
To suck up.
Blotting paper absorbs ink.
Webster's New World
To occupy the attention, interest, or time of; engross.
The problem completely absorbed her.
American Heritage
To take up the full attention or energy of; engross.
Webster's New World
To take up or occupy (one's time or interest, for example).
American Heritage

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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