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assimilate

verb [I or T] uk   /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/ us  

assimilate verb [I or T] (JOIN)

to become part of a group, country, society, etc., or to make someone or something become part of a group, country, society, etc.: The European Union should remain flexible enough to assimilate more countries quickly. You shouldn't expect immigrants to assimilate into an alien culture immediately.

assimilate verb [I or T] (LEARN)

to understand and remember new information and make it part of your basic knowledge so that you can use it as your own: It's hard to assimilate so much information.

assimilate verb [I or T] (ABSORB)

to absorb food or a substance into the tissue of a living organism: In this form vitamins can be easily assimilated by the body.
assimilable
adjective uk   /-lə.bl̩/ us  
A textbook needs to be assimilable (= able to be understood) to sell a lot of copies.
Translations of “assimilate”
in Spanish asimilar…
in French assimiler…
in German aufnehmen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 吸收, 融入, 加入…
in Russian усваивать, ассимилировать(ся)…
in Turkish yeni bilgiyi özümlemek, anlamak, benimsemek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 吸收, 融入, 加入…
in Polish przyswajać sobie, zasymilować (się)…
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