assimilation assimilation  /ə ˌsɪ mə ˈleɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
  2. (n) the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  3. (n) the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
  4. (n) a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  5. (n) the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
  6. (n) in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance



  1. For decades, Aborigines such as Archie Roach and Marie Allen were taken from their families in the name of assimilation.
  2. Aborigines taken from their families in the name of assimilation seek an apology from white Australia.
  3. Huntington says successful assimilation in the past is unlikely to be duplicated with today's Latin immigrants.


  • Jewish-American Literature: Old World and New

    Professor Judith Ruderman talks about her upcoming course on Jewish-American literature. She emphasizes immigration and acculturation as markers of assimilation into American culture, and takes a fresh look at modern-day Jewish-American writers.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Duke University


  1. "Our long-term goal can only be the assimilation of worldwide per capita emissions," Merkel told the conference.
    on Oct 9, 2007 By: Angela Merkel Source: FOX News

  2. "Whatever the popular perception, the options before us are not irreparable schism or forced assimilation," Williams said. "It is not an option to hope that we can somehow just carry on as we always have."
    on Jul 20, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The treatment of children in Indian Residential Schools is a sad chapter in our history," Prime Minister Harper said. "Today, we recognize this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country. The...
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: Stephen Harper Source: Conservative Party of Canada (press release)

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