Definition of absorb


  • become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb".
  • take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe". Synonyms: assimilate, ingest, take in.
  • take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something". Synonyms: take over.
  • take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well", "She drew strength from the minister's words". Synonyms: draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up.
  • cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax".
  • suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter". Synonyms: take in. Antonyms: emit.
  • devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies". Synonyms: engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep.
  • assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society".
  • consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely". Synonyms: engage, engross, occupy.

Related words

assimilate, blot, consume, drink, imbibe, involve, mop, reabsorb, resorb, rivet, suck.

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Rhymes with absorb

orb, reabsorb.

Start with absorb

absorbancies, absorbed, absorbents, absorbability, absorbers, absorbants, absorbances, absorbency, absorbabilities, absorbs, absorber, absorbance, absorbent, absorbancy, absorbant, absorbencies, absorbable, absorbingly, absorbing.

End with absorb

preabsorb, reabsorb.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • absorb is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 10 points
  • absorb is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 10 points
  • absorb is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 12 points
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