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osmosis

noun [U] (IDEAS)    /ɒzˈməʊ.sɪs/ US  /ɑːzˈmoʊ-/
the way in which ideas and information gradually spread between people: The children were never taught the songs, they just listened to other children singing them and learned them by osmosis. Reading is not picked up by a process of osmosis, but needs to be taught.Knowing and learning osmotic     /-ˈmɒt.ɪk/ US  /-ˈmɑː.t̬ɪk/ adjective [before noun] an osmotic processPhysical and chemical processes
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