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
A striking illustration of non-assimilation and the attendant perils may be found in Pennsylvania.Aliens or Americans? | Howard B. Grose
The second type is "small-pox" and is caused by the non-assimilation of the nitrogenized element of meat, or gelatinous elements.The White Spark | Orville Livingston Leach
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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