the process of adopting the language and culture of a dominant social group or nation, or the state of being socially integrated into the culture of the dominant group in a society: assimilation of immigrants into American life.
Physiology. the conversion of absorbed food into the substance of the body.
Botany. the total process of plant nutrition, including photosynthesis and the absorption of raw materials.
Sociology. the merging of cultural traits from previously distinct cultural groups, not involving biological amalgamation.
Phonetics. the act or process by which a sound becomes identical with or similar to a neighboring sound in one or more defining characteristics, as place of articulation, voice or voicelessness, or manner of articulation, as in [gram-pah] /ˈgræm pɑ/ for grandpa.: Compare dissimilation (def. 2).
- an·ti·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun, adjective
- non·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun
- re·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun
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How to use assimilation in a sentence
Activists now fear that the project of forced assimilation seen in Xinjiang offers a framework for other regions.How Beijing Is Redefining What It Means to Be Chinese, from Xinjiang to Inner Mongolia | CHARLIE CAMPBELL/SHANGHAI | July 12, 2021 | Time
Along with “higher wages,” he said, these other initiatives “were designed to provide better health and safety — in the workplace and for employee families — and support the assimilation of migrants to their new city and, often, new country.”Employers’ new tools to surveil and monitor workers are historically rooted | Saima Akhtar | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Fumbling to reconcile the blatantly undemocratic incarceration with a war waged for democracy, officials promoted the resettlement of the incarcerated as benevolent, government-led assimilation.11 Moments From Asian American History That You Should Know | Olivia B. Waxman | April 30, 2021 | Time
Many of these children, as young as toddlers, would never return home because of assimilation from disease.
The point is that you can have an assimilation of various experiences together.Even with a key advantage removed, Google’s AMP likely to stay in publishers’ mobile product plans | Max Willens | December 14, 2020 | Digiday
Actors can inhabit the person through the sheer force of their assimilation.
Today, Turkey in the German imagination has mostly to do with immigration, assimilation, and EU membership.
The assimilation-fiend, Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris), harbors shame over her dark skin and black-sounding name, Colandrea.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films | Marlow Stern | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Conway refers to the other important factors as the “three ‘A’s”: air conditioning, assimilation, and airfare.
assimilation was more urgent that it may have been for other immigrants.
A method of Vacuity pure and simple—the exact opposite of Mental assimilation.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Sylvan scenes, with a dash of human savagery in the foreground, form the best relief for a too-extended assimilation of books.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
Digestibility, ease and completeness of assimilation count a great deal, and are the sole determining factors in cases of illness.
Phosphorus has the property of combining with lime and increasing the lime assimilation.
The food changes in connection with digestion, assimilation, and elimination, can take place only in the presence of water.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
Scientific definitions for assimilation
The conversion of nutrients into living tissue; constructive metabolism.
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Cultural definitions for assimilation
The process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group: “Waves of immigrants have been assimilated into the American culture.”
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