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English definition of “assimilation”

assimilation

noun [U] uk   /əˌsɪm.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us  

assimilation noun [U] (INTO GROUP)

the process of becoming a part, or making someone become a part, of a group, country, society, etc.: The assimilation of ethnic Germans in the US was accelerated by the two world wars.

assimilation noun [U] (INTO ORGANISM)

the process of absorbing food into the tissue of a living organism: Poor assimilation of vitamins and nutrients can cause health problems.

assimilation noun [U] (OF SOUNDS)

specialized phonetics the fact of a speech sound being influenced by the sound that comes before or after it
(Definition of assimilation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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