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Absorb is sometimes a misspelling of absurd.

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Definition of the verb absorb

What does absorb mean as a doing word?

Absorb is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: absorbed | absorbing | absorbs

  1. become imbued
    • example: The liquids, light, and gases absorb
    • domain: chemical science / chemistry
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: sorb / take up = take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
    • more specific words:
  2. take up mentally
    • example: he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of absorb: assimilate / ingest / take in
    • more generic words: acquire / larn / learn = gain knowledge or skills
    • more specific word: imbibe = receive into the mind and retain
  3. take up, as of debts or payments
    • example: absorb the costs for something
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of absorb: take over
    • more generic word: fund = furnish money for
  4. take in, also metaphorically
  5. cause to become one with
  6. suck or take up or in
    • example: A black star absorbs all matter
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonym of absorb: take in
    • antonym of absorb: emit
    • more specific terms: suck in / suck = attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.
  7. devote (oneself) fully to
  8. assimilate or take in
    • example: The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: invite / receive / take in = express willingness to have in one's home or environs
  9. consume all of one's attention or time
    • examples: Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely | The performance is likely to absorb Sue
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of absorb: engage / engross / occupy
    • more generic word: interest = excite the curiosity of
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb absorb


  1. [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.
  2. [transitive] To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
  3. [transitive] To learn
  4. [transitive] To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, 'absorbed' in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
  5. [transitive] To consume completely.
  6. [transitive] To endure.
  7. [transitive] [physics] To take up by chemical or physical action.
  8. [transitive, business] To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.


absorb is an acoustic band from Japan.


  1. "Absorb" is a musical album of Tho-So-Aa.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "ABSORB" is a musical EP of BatAAr.
    • released on (4 years ago)


"Absorb" is a video game.

  • developer: Right Now Games
  • genre: Action game
  • publisher: Right Now Games
  • released on (5 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absorb

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Google previewThe Beautiful Invisible (2011)

Creativity, imagination, and theoretical physics by Giovanni Vignale

The first thing to absorb is that it doesn't take any long-range planning on the spins' side to settle into an ordered state. Each spin is only aware of its immediate neighbours: it has no way of knowing what is going on far away. What happens at ...

Google previewPolishing Diamonds (2005)

Bringing Out the Sparkle in Our Children by Dovid Kaplan

The message we're meant to absorb is that we shouldn't allow the harmony of Klal Yisrael to be disrupted by something silly like money. We can only daven. Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, shlita, points out another aspect of the shalom symbolized ...

Google previewBroken and Whole (2016)

A Leader's Path to Spiritual Transformation by Stephen A. Macchia

Invitation to Reconciliation According to the apostle Paul, the ministry that leaders and followers alike are to absorb is that of reconciliation. The grace, mercy and forgiveness of Christ are treasured gifts that reconcile us to God, and it's those ...

Google previewGarner's Modern English Usage (2016)

by Bryan Garner

absorb; adsorb; ✳sorb. Absorb is the common term meaning “to soak up”; adsorb ...

Google previewAgricultural Commodity Markets and Trade (2006)

New Approaches to Analyzing Market Structure and Instability by Alexander Sarris, David Hallam

The first major point to absorb is that it is no longer true that industry is the sole repository of income-elastic and profitable products. The most accurate way to judge the income of a consumer in a UK supermarket is to measure the proportion of ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

remission absolution granted: shrift absolution, obtain or give: shrive absolve: acquit, clear, discharge, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, libetate, overlook, pardon, release, remit, vindicate absolved: forgiven absorb: assimilate, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

emancipate, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, free, justify, liberate, loose, pardon, ransom, redeem, release, remit, vindicate absolve in law vested absolve sin expiate, shrive absolvitor acquittal absorb amalgamate, appropriate, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

4- *<To ABSORB, v. a. \absorbeo, ...

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When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. (Michel de Montaigne)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1O1R1B3

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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