Verb(1) become imbued(2) take up mentally(3) take up, as of debts or payments(4) take in, also metaphorically(5) cause to become one with(6) suck or take up or in(7) devote (oneself(8) assimilate or take in(9) consume all of one's attention or time
(1) The new town development also had to absorb an overwhelmingly large number of refugees from very different areas of the German East and Southeast.(2) One can always absorb the ideas and relevant theory and then update the information later.(3) These soft surfaces also absorb sound and give a feeling of privileged privacy.(4) 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.(5) By 1788, debt service alone would absorb fifty percent of annual revenue.(6) Michael understood that he would never fully absorb the French experience if language were a barrier.(7) 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.(8) Royal Mail insists that it could absorb the 14 per cent of mail transported by train on the roads without extra journeys.(9) The gases, especially carbon dioxide and methane, absorb the Earth's heat radiation and thus warm the surface, just as a blanket traps body heat.(10) 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.(11) Whether they realise it or not, they actually absorb ideas, moods, opinions and even goals from those around them.(12) However, success in this area will take a long time and absorb substantial resources.(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) Electrons in the mineral absorb the energy from the activator and become excited.(15) The home market is expected to absorb around 25 per cent of the total expected output of four million lambs this year.(16) They do not absorb dirt or liquids, and their surfaces are much less conducive to bacterial growth than paper bills.