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verb [T] uk   /əbˈzɔːb/  us   /-ˈzɔːrb/

absorb verb [T] (TAKE IN)

B2 to take something in, especially gradually: Plants absorb carbon dioxide. In cold climates, houses need to have walls that will absorb heat. Towels absorb moisture. The drug is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Our countryside is increasingly being absorbed by/into the large cities. to reduce the effect of a physical force, shock, or change: The barrier absorbed the main impact of the crash.
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absorb verb [T] (UNDERSTAND)

C1 to understand facts or ideas completely and remember them: It's hard to absorb so much information.

absorb verb [T] (INTEREST VERY MUCH)

B2 to take up someone's attention completely: The project has absorbed her for several years.
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absorb verb [T] (PAY)

if a business absorbs the cost of something, it pays that cost easily: The school has absorbed most of the expenses so far, but it may have to offer fewer places next year to reduce costs.

absorb verb [T] (TAKE CONTROL)

if one company absorbs another company, it takes control of it and they become one company: Telecorp Holdings absorbed its Spanish subsidiary into its British headquarters.
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