[ 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 formsab·sorb·ed·ly [ab-sawr-bid-lee, -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bɪd li, -ˈzɔr-/, adverbab·sorb·ed·ness, nounun·ab·sorbed, adjectivewell-ab·sorbed, adjective

Definition for absorbed (2 of 2)


[ ab-sawrb, -zawrb ]
/ æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb /

verb (used with object)

Origin of absorb

1480–90; < Latin absorbēre, equivalent to ab- ab- + sorbēre to suck in, swallow
Related forms
Can be confusedabsorb adsorb
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbed (1 of 2)


/ (əbˈsɔːbd, -ˈzɔːbd) /


engrossed; deeply interested
Derived Formsabsorbedly (əbˈsɔːbɪdlɪ, -ˈzɔː-), adverb

British Dictionary definitions for absorbed (2 of 2)


/ (əbˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsabsorbability, nounabsorbable, adjective

Word Origin for absorb

C15: via Old French from Latin absorbēre to suck, swallow, from ab- 1 + sorbēre to suck
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Word Origin and History for absorbed



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.

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Medicine definitions for absorbed


[ əb-zôrb ]


To take in by absorption.
To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.
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