Assimilate definition

ə-sĭmə-lāt
To incorporate and absorb into the mind.

Assimilate knowledge.

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To absorb and incorporate into one's thinking.
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To become like or alike.
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To make like or alike; cause to resemble.
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To make similar; cause to resemble.
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(now rare) To compare or liken.
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To become absorbed and incorporated.
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To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
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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.

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To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.

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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.

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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.

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In physiology, to assimilate is for the body to absorb food.

An example of something body might assimilate is milk.

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To absorb (immigrants or a culturally distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
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To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.
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To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
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To become assimilated.
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To change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the bodily tissues; absorb into the body.
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To absorb (groups of different cultures) into the main cultural body.
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(linguis.) To cause to undergo assimilation.
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(linguis.) To undergo assimilation.
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To transform food into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
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To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.

Food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.

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To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.

The teacher paused in her lecture to allow the students to assimilate what she had said.

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To compare a thing to something similar.
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(linguistics) To alter (a sound) by assimilation.
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Origin of assimilate

  • Middle English assimilaten from Latin assimilāre assimilāt- to make similar to ad- ad- similis like sem-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin assimulātus (“made similar, imitated”), perfect passive participle of assimulō, from ad + simulō (“imitate, copy”).

    From Wiktionary