absorbing meaning

Pronunciation:   "absorbing" in a sentence
Adjective: absorbing  ub'sorbing or ub'zorbing
  1. Capable of arousing and holding the attention
    - engrossing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
Verb: absorb  ub'sorb or ub'zorb
  1. Become imbued
    "The liquids, light, and gases absorb" 
  2. Take up mentally
    "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
    - assimilate, ingest, take in 
  3. Take up, as of debts or payments
    "absorb the costs for something"
    - take over 
  4. Take in, also metaphorically
    "The sponge absorbs water well"
    - suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up 
  5. Cause to become one with
    "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax" 
  6. Suck or take up or in
    "A black star absorbs all matter"
    - take in 
  7. Devote (oneself) fully to
    - steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, soak up 
  8. Assimilate or take in
    "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society" 
  9. Consume all of one's attention or time
    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    - engross, engage, occupy

See also: absorbable, absorbate, absorbent, absorber, absorption, absorptive, interesting

Type of: acquire, blend, center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], coalesce, combine, commingle, concentrate, conflate, flux, focus, fund, fuse, immix, interest, invite, larn, learn, meld, merge, mix, pore, receive, rivet, sorb, take in, take up

Antonym: emit

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  1. it became the absorbing topic of village talk immediately.
  2. thus a special absorbing organ(the foot), has developed.
  3. historically speaking, colonial writing is of absorbing value.
  4. on absorbing water, the fibers expand to give an even tighter structure which resists leakage.
  5. andrew was silent, absorbing what he had just learned and mulling other thoughts.

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