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The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain and simple to express: Errand err again but less and less and less.Piet Hein
- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)b
Third person singular
- (transitive) To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to incorporate; to assimilate.
- Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all. - Cowper
- The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion. - W. Irving
- (transitive) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. - Bacon
- (transitive) To learn
- (transitive) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
- (transitive) To consume completely.
- (transitive) To endure.
- (transitive) (physics) To take up by chemical or physical action.
- Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
- (transitive) (finance) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
- (to include so that it no longer has separate existence): assimilate, engulf, incorporate, swallow up, overwhelm
- (to suck up or drink in): draw, drink in, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, steep, take in, take up
- (to learn): acquire, assimilate, ingest, learn, take in
- (to consume completely): use up
- (to occupy fully): engage, engross, immerse, monopolize, occupy
- (to endure): accommodate, bear, endure, sustain, withstand
- (finance: to assume or pay for): assume, bear, pay for
to take in
- (physics: to take up by chemical or physical action): emit
to include so that it no longer has separate existence (1)
to suck up or drink in (2)
to learn (3)
to occupy fully (4)
to consume completely (5)
to endure (6)
physics: to take up by chemical or physical action (7)
finance: to assume or pay for (8)
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- Albanian: gëlltis, thith, gëlltit, gulçoj
- Ido: absorbar
- Indonesian: serap, menyerap
- Interlingua: absorber
- Korean: 흡수하십시요 (heupsuhasipsiyo)
- Novial: absorba
- Romanian: a absorbi
- Spanish: absorber
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