absorb absorb  /əb ˈzɔrb/


  1. (v) become imbued
  2. (v) take up mentally
  3. (v) take up, as of debts or payments
  4. (v) take in, also metaphorically
  5. (v) cause to become one with
  6. (v) suck or take up or in
  7. (v) devote (oneself) fully to
  8. (v) assimilate or take in
  9. (v) consume all of one's attention or time


  1. Living trees absorb CO2, and as they are cut down or burned, they release their stored carbon into the air.
  2. Although experts agree that trees do suck up CO2 from the atmosphere, there's still no consensus on just how much a forest can absorb in its lifetime.
  3. From the moment parents absorb the shock that their child may be autistic, they enter a dizzying world of specialists, therapists and, alas, purveyors of snake oil.


  1. Purple Urchins Can Quickly Adapt To Acidic Oceans

    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide increase, the oceans are projected to absorb more of the greenhouse gas, leading to acidification of the water. This shift in oceanic chemistry is expected to negatively impact countless species. However, a new study from the University of California, Santa Barbara has found that purple sea urchins ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. Drs. Oz and Roizen: Lead exposure- the problem hasn't gone away

    Recognized as the most significant environmental hazard to children in the U.S. and Canada (children's growing bodies absorb lead easily), high blood levels of lead are associated with irreversible IQ deficits, attention-related behavior problems and poor academic achievement.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  3. Abbott Launches Japanese Stent Trial

    Results will be used to try to win Japan approval of Absorb bioresorbable stent.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool


  1. "I think it's fantastic," Day-Lewis said. "If people absorb something that you've done - for whatever your reasons are, it's not relevant - but if that gets absorbed into the culture in such a way that people make something else, somebody can...
    on Mar 5, 2006 By: Tilda Swinton Source: ktla 5

  2. "Given the breadth and the depth of the present downturn, even well diversified portfolios are experiencing major losses," Faust said in the mail. "While we can hope that markets will improve, we need to be prepared to absorb unprecedented...
    on Feb 7, 2009 By: Drew Gilpin Faust Source: domain-B

  3. "People need the opportunity to absorb what they've heard," Rice said. "We have been completely transparent about what the intelligence assessment says. And people need a chance to read it. When they do that and when they read it in its...
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Forbes

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