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assimilate

[ verb uh-sim-uh-leyt; noun uh-sim-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb 蓹藞s瑟m 蓹藢le瑟t; noun 蓹藞s瑟m 蓹 l瑟t, -藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), as路sim路i路lat路ed, as路sim路i路lat路ing.
verb (used without object), as路sim路i路lat路ed, as路sim路i路lat路ing.
noun
something that is assimilated.
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Origin of assimilate

First recorded in 1570鈥80; from Latin assimil膩tus 鈥渓ikened to, made like鈥 (past participle of assimil膩re ), equivalent to as- as- + simil- (see similar) + -膩tus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for assimilate

assimilate
/ (蓹藞s瑟m瑟藢le瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to learn (information, a procedure, etc) and understand it thoroughly
(tr) to absorb (food) and incorporate it into the body tissues
(intr) to become absorbed, incorporated, or learned and understood
(usually foll by into or with) to bring or come into harmony; adjust or become adjustedthe new immigrants assimilated easily
(usually foll by to or with) to become or cause to become similar
(usually foll by to) phonetics to change (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed into another under the influence of one adjacent to it(n) often assimilates to before (k), as in ``include''

Derived forms of assimilate

Word Origin for assimilate

C15: from Latin assimil膩re to make one thing like another, from similis like, similar
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Medical definitions for assimilate

assimilate
[ 蓹-s沫m蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

v.
To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
To transform food into living tissue by the process of anabolism.
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