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English definition of “assimilate”

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.Including and containingComprising and consisting of

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.Knowing and learning

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.Animal and plant biology - general words
assimilable
adjective uk   /-lə.bl̩/ us  
A textbook needs to be assimilable (= able to be understood) to sell a lot of copies.Easy to understand
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