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Meaning of “assimilate” in the English Dictionary

"assimilate" in British English

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assimilateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/
to ​understand and ​remember new ​information and make it ​part of ​yourbasicknowledge so that you can use it as ​your own: It's hard to assimilate so much ​information.
to ​absorbfood or a ​substance into the ​tissue of a ​livingorganism: In this ​formvitamins can be ​easily assimilated by the ​body.
assimilable
adjective uk   us   /-lə.bl̩/
A ​textbookneeds to be assimilable (= ​able to be ​understood) to ​sell a lot of ​copies.
(Definition of assimilate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"assimilate" in American English

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assimilateverb [I/T]

 us   /əˈsɪm·əˌleɪt/
to take in and make a ​part of ​yourbasicknowledge something ​learned from ​others, so that you can use it as ​your own: [T] We hoped the ​students would assimilate the ​informationcontained in the ​lecture. People who are or ​become assimilated in a ​societybecomesimilar to ​others by ​learning and using the ​customs and ​culture of the new ​society: [T] Once ​outsiders, they had now been assimilated into the ​culturalmainstream.
(Definition of assimilate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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