Pronunciation: (ab-sôrb', -zôrb'), [key]
1. to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water.
2. to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate: The empire absorbed many small nations.
3. to involve the full attention of; to engross or engage wholly: so absorbed in a book that he did not hear the bell.
4. to occupy or fill: This job absorbs all of my time.
5. to take up or receive by chemical or molecular action: Carbonic acid is formed when water absorbs carbon dioxide.
6. to take in without echo, recoil, or reflection: to absorb sound and light; to absorb shock.
7. to take in and utilize: The market absorbed all the computers we could build. Can your brain absorb all this information?
8. to pay for (costs, taxes, etc.): The company will absorb all the research costs.
9. swallow up.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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