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absorbed

[ ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd ]
/ æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd /
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adjective

deeply interested or involved; preoccupied: He had an absorbed look on his face.

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Origin of absorbed

First recorded in 1755–65; absorb + -ed2
ab·sorb·ed·ly [ab-sawr-bid-lee, -zawr-], /æbˈsɔr bɪd li, -ˈzɔr-/, adverbab·sorb·ed·ness, nounun·ab·sorbed, adjectivewell-ab·sorbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbed

absorbed
/ (əbˈsɔːbd, -ˈzɔːbd) /

adjective

engrossed; deeply interested
absorbedly (əbˈsɔːbɪdlɪ, -ˈzɔː-), adverb
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