verb (used with object)
Origin of absorb
Examples from the Web for absorb
Similar reinforced plinths were developed by the Getty museums in Los Angeles to absorb the seismic movements there.
In the book, you say “Absorb youth and you will be absorbed by youth.”George Clinton on Industry ‘Mobsters’ and How Nobody Wants to Listen to a Crackhead|Curtis Stephen|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the details of this massacre have been especially difficult to absorb.
It gave me license to pore over raw tape, again and again, to absorb the subtle clues of human behavior.We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction|George Lerner|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I welcome China to Africa because Africa is big enough to absorb China,” he said.The American Elite Embraces a New Africa at D.C. Summit|Eleanor Clift|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had an air of showing him about Princeton as if he must absorb its beauties for the last time.The Guarded Heights|Wadsworth Camp
This sponge will absorb readily the gross impurities of the water, and can easily be taken out and cleaned once or twice a week.
The string will absorb the wax, and may then be placed on one side until needed.Manual of American Grape-Growing|U. P. Hedrick
Does she suppose wounds of different kinds to "absorb" each other, so to speak?A Tangled Tale|Lewis Carroll
The idea of his book was beginning to absorb him very thoroughly.The Making of a Soul|Kathlyn Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for absorb
Word Origin for absorb
Word Origin and History for absorb
early 15c., from Middle French absorber (Old French assorbir, 13c.), from Latin absorbere "to swallow up," from ab- "from" (see ab-) + sorbere "suck in," from PIE root *srebh- "to suck, absorb" (cf. Armenian arbi "I drank," Greek rhopheo "to sup greedily up, gulp down," Lithuanian srebiu "to drink greedily"). Figurative meaning "to completely grip (one's) attention" is from 1763. Related: Absorbed; absorbing.