Adjective "absorbed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Take in or soak up (energy or a liquid or other substance) by chemical or physical action.
  1. 'steroids are absorbed into the bloodstream'
  2. 'If more nutrient is available than is required by the crop for maximal growth, the surplus is absorbed by the plant up to a certain limit and stored.'
  3. 'Within the ozone layer, this ultraviolet energy is absorbed by a delicate balance of two chemical reactions.'
  4. 'Calcium chloride absorbs moisture from the air and thus binds the surface materials together.'
  5. 'Let each ladleful of stock be absorbed before adding the next.'
  6. 'Cigarette filters, which can last up to 100 years - are designed to absorb tar and other chemicals from the cigarette.'
  7. 'Do not soak them; mushrooms absorb water like sponges.'
  8. 'Electrons in the mineral absorb the energy from the activator and become excited.'
  9. 'A better alternative is indoor plants, which absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen.'
  10. 'Molecules may change their rotational energy levels by absorbing energy from electromagnetic radiation in the microwave region of the spectrum.'
  11. 'Use chemicals such as Silica gel to absorb moisture.'
  12. 'she absorbed the information in silence'
  13. 'Still, the law has yet to fully catch up with that position, or even fully incorporate and absorb the evidence on which it was based.'
  14. 'The most decisive factor in how we absorb information, process it and assimilate it is mostly forgotten: the physiology of the human eye.'
  15. 'These experiences have made them more comfortable with absorbing new ideas and practices, including those introduced by foreigners.'
  16. 'One can always absorb the ideas and relevant theory and then update the information later.'
  17. 'Children learn by absorbing information through daily interactions and experiences with other children, adults, and the world.'
  18. 'Whether they realise it or not, they actually absorb ideas, moods, opinions and even goals from those around them.'
  19. 'School children absorbed information much quicker than adults and the success of the project was very much dependent on this.'
  20. 'You must have the ability to persuade and inspire our friends to communicate and convince, to listen, to absorb the ideas of others.'
  21. 'He is a bright young man who absorbs information and experiences like a sponge.'
  22. 'The very best students in our classes probably do absorb key ideas and concepts from lectures.'
  23. 'Would one authority cover the enlarged area, or would there be a tug of war between the existing parks over who would absorb the added area?'
  24. 'The new town development also had to absorb an overwhelmingly large number of refugees from very different areas of the German East and Southeast.'
  25. 'He said the slate would consist of candidates who were not willing to sell out the UNC to become absorbed into some other political entity.'
  26. 'The command is not expected to encounter problems absorbing the missiles from the army's missile control as the missiles have been under a unified system of control for many years.'
  27. 'The 14th duke wanted a house that was big enough to absorb the world-famous Hamilton Palace collection but that was small enough for a family home.'
  28. 'The biggest difference is that over the past two decades the United States has absorbed roughly 20 million immigrants.'
  29. 'Clearly the Fed feels that growth in the economy can continue for some time before the slack in terms of labour resources is absorbed.'
  30. 'Bosses said that it could absorb the 14 per cent of mail transported by train on the roads without extra journeys.'
  31. 'There may be more consolidation to come, which might even see some of the smaller players absorbed into their larger rivals.'
  32. 'arms spending absorbs roughly two percent of the national income'
  33. 'Too many, really; marine archaeology is a small world and any one of these wrecks could completely absorb the country's resources and expertise over several diving seasons.'
  34. 'The report says that these demands are absorbing resources, thereby reducing funds for community services that could help to contain rising hospital admissions.'
  35. 'Foster has spent seventeen years working on his life of Yeats and has absorbed the store of sources.'
  36. 'For example, the US today absorbs 10 per cent of the world's total savings to pay for its enormous consumption, yet a country like South Africa experiences capital flight.'
  37. 'The actions of a few uncontrolled patients rebound on the rest of us, absorbing scarce resources and driving staff from the NHS.'
  38. 'By 1788, debt service alone would absorb fifty percent of annual revenue.'
  39. 'The United States economy now absorbs 70 per cent of the world's savings, amounting to more than $400 billion annually in the past two years.'
  40. 'Parasitic plants may affect host fitness by absorbing resources that are essential for host growth and reproduction.'
  41. 'China is among the fastest growing economies in the world, with considerable capacity to absorb surplus labor.'
  42. 'However, success in this area will take a long time and absorb substantial resources.'
  43. 'Not only does this serve to strengthen the car in a crash, but it also allows the car to absorb heavy impacts in jumps and fast driving over rough terrain.'
  44. 'The carpets absorbed the sound of his feet landing on the floor, but Lombard stood still all the same to make certain that the Ifrit still slept.'
  45. 'That is a matter of deliberate engineering, presumably, as the passenger seats are protected and the impact is absorbed elsewhere in the car.'
  46. 'I had Doc's rifle held waist high rather than at my shoulder, which meant the kick back punched my arm out and behind and made the shot fly high, rather than being absorbed and controlled by my body.'
  47. 'They are also advised to invest in a good pair of shoes that are built for absorbing the impact of road running.'
  48. 'Outside, the traffic hurtles by but the vast number of shrubs and trees lining the courtyard absorb the sound and look spectacular in their autumnal foliage.'
  49. 'It is easy to install and secure because of its weight Also, many types absorb sound and thereby add to the sound control of the room.'
  50. 'The ride has a Germanic firmness about it, but passenger comfort is always well controlled, the suspension absorbing poor road surfaces in an effective way.'
  51. 'The bubble simply absorbed her most powerful attack as it began to glow with a whitish yellow light.'
  52. 'That way, your joints are better prepared to absorb impacts from a variety of angles.'
Take up the attention of (someone); interest greatly.
  1. 'the work absorbed him and continued to make him happy'
  2. 'So whilst he was absorbed in the game, killing zombies and such like, I was in the kitchen making my candies.'
  3. 'She managed to make it look as if she were absorbed in the book when John threw her door open.'
  4. 'I love being so absorbed in a book that I don't hear the things going on around me.'
  5. 'He thinks we are so absorbed in improving our bodies that we have neglected the potential for training our minds.'
  6. 'His shirt is comically baggy on him and he's absorbed in an experiment to see if his head will fit inside the long, floppy sleeves.'

More definitions

1. deeply interested or involved; preoccupied: He had an absorbed look on his face.

More examples(as adjective)

"wives can be absorbed in children."

"visitors can be absorbed in lives."

"techniques can be absorbed into processes."

"sellings can be absorbed by markets."

"saints can be absorbed into worlds."

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Late Middle English: from Latin absorbere, from ab- ‘from’ + sorbere ‘suck in’.