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absorb

verb [T]  /əbˈzɔrb, -ˈsɔrb/ us  

absorb verb [T] (SUCK IN)

to take in a liquid, gas, or chemical: The black clay soil around here doesn’t absorb water very well. fig. The country has absorbed millions of immigrants over the years. Note: Used to describe the behavior of a substance or object.

absorb verb [T] (TAKE ATTENTION)

to completely take the attention of someone: She was absorbed in listening to music. To absorb knowledge, ideas, or information is to understand them completely and store them in your memory: It was difficult to absorb so much information.
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