Adjective "absorb" 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. 'Molecules may change their rotational energy levels by absorbing energy from electromagnetic radiation in the microwave region of the spectrum.'
  3. 'Electrons in the mineral absorb the energy from the activator and become excited.'
  4. 'The refined medicines in the patch can be directly absorbed by the skin and enter the body to control the pain.'
  5. 'Carbon dioxide primarily absorbs infrared energy emitted by the Earth, thus contributing to the greenhouse effect and warming the Earth's surface and the atmosphere.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'Cook until the rice has absorbed the stock and then add more hot stock, stirring from time to time.'
  8. 'Let each ladleful of stock be absorbed before adding the next.'
  9. 'They do not absorb dirt or liquids, and their surfaces are much less conducive to bacterial growth than paper bills.'
  10. 'A better alternative is indoor plants, which absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen.'
  11. 'Within the ozone layer, this ultraviolet energy is absorbed by a delicate balance of two chemical reactions.'
  12. 'she absorbed the information in silence'
  13. 'Again everything is interactive so that the visitor absorbs information while having fun.'
  14. 'Whether we argue for it or against it, we have absorbed the idea.'
  15. 'Analysts must fully absorb cultural information, an area in which the intelligence community rarely excels.'
  16. 'Michael understood that he would never fully absorb the French experience if language were a barrier.'
  17. 'To a certain extent, all through life we absorb information we understand, or about which we care, and filter the rest.'
  18. 'One can always absorb the ideas and relevant theory and then update the information later.'
  19. 'Students will be assessed to find out what system of teaching suits them best. While some learn best from books, others find it easier to absorb information from discussion groups.'
  20. 'He is a bright young man who absorbs information and experiences like a sponge.'
  21. 'There was a momentary pause as this information was absorbed.'
  22. 'These experiences have made them more comfortable with absorbing new ideas and practices, including those introduced by foreigners.'
  23. 'On Friday, the heads of the two banks announced they had agreed to merge their banks by forming a new entity that will absorb the two banks by June next year.'
  24. 'The poor southern state, often beset by its own natural disasters, had beds, meals and an emergency plan that helped it absorb a 2.5 percent jump in its population.'
  25. 'There may be more consolidation to come, which might even see some of the smaller players absorbed into their larger rivals.'
  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 new town development also had to absorb an overwhelmingly large number of refugees from very different areas of the German East and Southeast.'
  28. '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.'
  29. 'The biggest difference is that over the past two decades the United States has absorbed roughly 20 million immigrants.'
  30. 'Clearly the Fed feels that growth in the economy can continue for some time before the slack in terms of labour resources is absorbed.'
  31. 'But Sir John's mantra is worth revisiting at a time when another of Scotland's institutions is absorbed into a larger entity.'
  32. 'arms spending absorbs roughly two per cent of the national income'
  33. '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.'
  34. '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.'
  35. 'The whole idea is that nature needs a method for rapidly ridding itself of dysfunctional species that overpopulate and absorb resources too rapidly.'
  36. 'Parasitic plants may affect host fitness by absorbing resources that are essential for host growth and reproduction.'
  37. 'It encountered losses from industrial action, strikes and absorbed a lot of resources.'
  38. 'The report says that these demands are absorbing resources, thereby reducing funds for community services that could help to contain rising hospital admissions.'
  39. 'This absorbs the human resource of the police and reduces their ability to strangulate the supply route.'
  40. 'Modern warfare must be economically damaging, even for victors, since it absorbs scarce, productive resources - the opportunity cost.'
  41. 'The region absorbs 18 percent of US exports and accounts for about 21 percent of US companies' overseas investments.'
  42. 'The home market is expected to absorb around 25 per cent of the total expected output of four million lambs this year.'
  43. 'That way, your joints are better prepared to absorb impacts from a variety of angles.'
  44. 'With residue, the raindrop impact is absorbed and erosion is reduced.'
  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. 'Not only will it absorb the impact of feet and noise, it will reduce wear and tear on the rug and make vacuuming easier.'
  47. 'Its configuration helps absorb some impact in order to reduce injury to a pedestrian who is hit.'
  48. 'The polyurethane material also adds support and cushioning to help absorb impact.'
  49. 'They are also advised to invest in a good pair of shoes that are built for absorbing the impact of road running.'
  50. 'The bubble simply absorbed her most powerful attack as it began to glow with a whitish yellow light.'
  51. '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.'
  52. '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.'
Take up the attention of (someone); interest greatly.
  1. 'the work absorbed him and continued to make him happy'
  2. 'She managed to make it look as if she were absorbed in the book when John threw her door open.'
  3. 'He thinks we are so absorbed in improving our bodies that we have neglected the potential for training our minds.'
  4. 'I find it all rather endearing, like watching a small child absorbed in building a pyramid out of playing cards.'
  5. 'I love being so absorbed in a book that I don't hear the things going on around me.'
  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. to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water.

2. to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate: The empire absorbed many small nations.

3. to involve the full attention of; to engross or engage wholly: so absorbed in a book that he did not hear the bell.

4. to occupy or fill: This job absorbs all of my time.

5. to take up or receive by chemical or molecular action: Carbonic acid is formed when water absorbs carbon di

More examples(as adjective)

"companies can be absorb as ranges."

"people can be absorb."

"markets can be absorb."

"wills can be absorb."

"stones can be absorb."

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