[ verb uh-sim-uh-leyt; noun uh-sim-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb əˈsɪm əˌleɪt; noun əˈsɪm ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), as·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing.
to take in and incorporate as one's own; absorb: He assimilated many new experiences on his European trip.
to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of a dominant social group, nation, or the like; adapt or adjust: to assimilate the new immigrants.
Physiology. to convert (food) to substances suitable for incorporation into the body and its tissues.
to cause to resemble (usually followed by to or with).
to compare; liken (usually followed by to or with).
Phonetics. to modify by assimilation.
verb (used without object), as·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing.
to be or become absorbed.
to conform or adjust to the customs, attitudes, etc., of a dominant social group, nation, or the like: The new arrivals assimilated easily and quickly.
Physiology. (of food) to be converted into the substance of the body; be absorbed into the system.
to bear a resemblance (usually followed by to or with).
Phonetics. to become modified by assimilation.
something that is assimilated.
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OTHER WORDS FROM assimilate
as·sim·i·la·tor, nounnon·as·sim·i·lat·ing, adjectivere·as·sim·i·late, verb, re·as·sim·i·lat·ed, re·as·sim·i·lat·ing.un·as·sim·i·lat·ed, adjective
un·as·sim·i·lat·ing, adjectivewell-as·sim·i·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for assimilate
/ (əˈsɪmɪˌleɪt) /
(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 ŋ before (k), as in ``include''
Derived forms of assimilate
assimilable, adjectiveassimilably, adverbassimilation, nounassimilative or assimilatory, adjective
assimilator, nounassimilatively, adverb
Word Origin for assimilate
C15: from Latin assimilāre to make one thing like another, from similis like, similar
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