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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
First recorded in 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
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  • And absorbedly Barry Elder listened, his eyes on her changing face.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • "Then your parents had the splotches fade, so you never had them," he said absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • By midnight, ship-time, she'd learned the game and played it absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • He had laid open his mole-run for a yard or so, and was still grubbing at it absorbedly.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • Juliet studied them absorbedly, showing plainly her appreciation of them.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • She listened attentively, absorbedly; her eyes fixed upon his face.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • He was gazing at the bride as I had gazed, fixedly, absorbedly, with his brilliant eyes.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • He was conscious, delightedly, absorbedly, of everything about her.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • They listened, breathlessly and absorbedly, while Iris told every detail of her adventure.

    The Diamond Pin

    Carolyn Wells
  • By midnight she'd learned the game and played it absorbedly.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for absorbedly


/əbˈsɔːbd; -ˈzɔːbd/
engrossed; deeply interested
Derived Forms
absorbedly (əbˈsɔːbɪdlɪ; -ˈzɔː-) adverb
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