[ uh-sim-uh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv ]
/ əˈsɪm əˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv /


characterized by assimilation; assimilating.
Also as·sim·i·la·to·ry [uh-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈsɪm ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of assimilative

From the Medieval Latin word assimilātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See assimilate, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM assimilative

as·sim·i·la·tive·ness, nounnon·as·sim·i·la·tive, adjectivenon·as·sim·i·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·as·sim·i·la·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assimilatory

  • It is the solar plexus which controls the assimilatory function in digestion.

  • Finally, various slugs and snails cause much injury by devouring young leaves and buds and diminishing the assimilatory area.

    Disease in Plants|H. Marshall Ward
  • Is it the cell rather than the organism that is the immediate agent of assimilatory processes?

    Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell