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[ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd] /æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd/
deeply interested or involved; preoccupied:
He had an absorbed look on his face.
Origin of absorbed
1755-65; absorb + -ed2
Related forms
[ab-sawr-bid-lee, -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bɪd li, -ˈzɔr-/ (Show IPA),
absorbedness, noun
unabsorbed, adjective
well-absorbed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for absorbedly
Historical Examples
  • She sketched rapidly but fixedly and absorbedly, evidently forgetting all else in her work.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • Juliet studied them absorbedly, showing plainly her appreciation of them.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • absorbedly, Stone took them from her, and one by one he used them to snip at a sheet of paper from the library desk.

    The Curved Blades Carolyn Wells
  • By midnight, ship-time, she'd learned the game and played it absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • After tearing it open she pored over the contents for a while, absorbedly.

    Options O. Henry
  • Linda was climbing so swiftly and so absorbedly that she reached the top before she heard a sound behind her.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She listened attentively, absorbedly; her eyes fixed upon his face.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • Now she was carrying a breakfast tray, poising it absorbedly, with the intentness of a mind on one thing only.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • And two people talked comfortably and absorbedly about things nobody else would have thought very interesting.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Sally drew it from her pocket and handed it to her, and Doris spent another five minutes regarding it absorbedly.

    The Slipper Point Mystery Augusta Huiell Seaman
British Dictionary definitions for absorbedly


/əbˈsɔːbd; -ˈzɔːbd/
engrossed; deeply interested
Derived Forms
absorbedly (əbˈsɔːbɪdlɪ; -ˈzɔː-) adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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