absorb

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Plain form
absorb

Third-person singular
absorbs

Past tense
absorbed

Past participle
absorbed

Present participle
absorbing

  1. (transitive) If something is absorbed, it is sucked or soaked up (usually a liquid).
    The sponge absorbed the spilled water.
  2. (transitive) If you absorb something, you take it in and use it; you learn it.
    The teacher was good, I absorbed everything that she said.
    Your brain is able to absorb lots of information.
  3. (transitive) If something absorbs your time, it takes all it up; it occupies all of your time.
    The job absorbs all of my time during the busy season.

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