absorbs; absorbed; absorbing
1 a : to take in (something, such as a liquid) in a natural or gradual way
Plant roots absorb moisture.
— often used as be absorbed
Water is absorbed by plants through their roots.
1 b : to draw in (heat, light, energy, etc.)
The walls are made of a material that absorbs sound.
2 a : to learn (something)
She is good at absorbing information/knowledge.
2 b : to take in and make (something) part of a larger group, country, etc.
a country that has absorbed many immigrants
3 : to take up the whole interest or attention of (someone)
His interest in photography absorbs him completely.
Note: If you are absorbed in something, you are fully involved in it.
He quickly found himself absorbed in [=engrossed by] the movie.
4 : to prevent (something harmful or unwanted) from passing through
The frame of the car absorbed the impact.
5 a : to accept or deal with (something that is difficult, harmful, etc.)
The expenses were absorbed [=borne] by his family.
5 b : to use up (something)
His work absorbs almost all of his time.
— absorbable əbˈsoɚbəbəl adjective [more absorbable; most absorbable]
nutrients absorbable by the body
— absorber noun, plural absorbers [count]
a moisture absorber
— absorbing adjective [more absorbing; most absorbing]
The book includes an absorbing [=engrossing, fascinating] account of her childhood.
— absorption əbˈsoɚpʃən noun [noncount]
the absorption of nutrients by the body