absorb

verb (T)
1 LIQUID if something absorbs a liquid, it takes the liquid into itself from the surface or space around it: Plants absorb nutrients from the soil.
2 INFORMATION to read or hear a large amount of new information and understand it: I haven't really had time to absorb everything that he said.
3 INTEREST to interest someone very much: be absorbed in: Judith lay on the settee, absorbed in her book. | absorb sb's attention: The video was totally absorbing the children's attention.
4 BECOME PART OF to make a smaller country, company, or group of people become part of your country, company, or group: The US was able to absorb thousands of new immigrants. | be absorbed into: More and more newspapers are being absorbed into the Murdoch empire.
5 MONEY/TIME ETC if something absorbs money, time etc it uses a lot of it: Defence spending absorbs almost 20% of the country's wealth.
6 FORCE to reduce the effect of a sudden violent movement: The solid walls absorbed much of the impact of the explosion.
7 LIGHT/HEAT/ENERGY if a substance or object absorbs light, heat, or energy, it keeps it and does not reflect it (=send it back): Black objects absorb heat more.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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