Learner's definition of ABSORB
to take in (something, such as a liquid) in a natural or gradual way
— often used as (be) absorbed
to draw in (heat, light, energy, etc.)
to take in and make (something) part of a larger group, country, etc.
to take up the whole interest or attention of (someone)
◊ If you are absorbed in something, you are fully involved in it.
to prevent (something harmful or unwanted) from passing through
to accept or deal with (something that is difficult, harmful, etc.)
to use up (something)
[more absorbable; most absorbable]
[more absorbing; most absorbing]
the absorption of water by a sponge
the absorption of nutrients by the body
His absorption in his work was total. [=he was totally absorbed in his work; he gave all his attention to his work]