Assimilate Definition

assimilated, assimilates, assimilating
assimilated, assimilates, assimilating
To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.
American Heritage
To change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the bodily tissues; absorb into the body.
Webster's New World
To become like or alike.
Webster's New World
To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.
American Heritage
To absorb and incorporate into one's thinking.
Webster's New World

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

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