- 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 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.
- to be or become absorbed.
- to conform or adjust to the customs, attitudes, etc., of a 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.
Origin of assimilate
Examples from the Web for unassimilated
Contemporary Examples of unassimilated
Ward describes it as ‘a whirlwind of sorrow, fear, regret, anxiety’ but adds: ‘It’s not just raw, unassimilated emotion.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
Historical Examples of unassimilated
The new world which is arriving is unassimilated, unsorted, unexplained.A Lost Cause
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Most children get their minds stuffed with unassimilated facts.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
How shall they, with their unassimilated populations, be cared for?Porto Rico
Arthur D. Hall
Well, if not disintegrated, would you prefer it to be unassimilated?Limbo and Other Essays
What are the eugenic consequences of an unassimilated immigration?Applied Eugenics
Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
- (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''
Word Origin for assimilate
early 15c., from Latin assimilatus "feigned, pretended, fictitious," past participle of assimilare "to make like," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + simulare "make similar," from similis "like, resembling" (see similar). Originally transitive (with to); intransitive use first recorded 1837. Related: Assimilated; assimilating.
- To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
- To transform food into living tissue by the process of anabolism.