absorbing

[ ab-sawr-bing, -zawr- ]
/ æbˈsɔr bɪŋ, -ˈzɔr- /

adjective

extremely interesting; deeply engrossing: an absorbing drama.

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Origin of absorbing

First recorded in 1745–55; absorb + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM absorbing

ab·sorb·ing·ly, adverbnon·ab·sorb·ing, adjectiveun·ab·sorb·ing, adjectiveun·ab·sorb·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for absorbing (2 of 2)

absorb
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM absorb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH absorb

absorb adsorb
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British Dictionary definitions for absorbing (1 of 2)

absorbing
/ (əbˈsɔːbɪŋ, -ˈzɔːb-) /

adjective

occupying one's interest or attention; engrossing; gripping

Derived forms of absorbing

absorbingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for absorbing (2 of 2)

absorb
/ (əbˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of absorb

absorbability, 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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Medical definitions for absorbing

absorb
[ əb-zôrb ]

v.

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