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"assimilate" in British English

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assimilateverb [I or T]

uk   /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/ us   /əˈsɪm.ə.leɪt/
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.
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   /əˈsɪm.ɪ.lə.bəl/ us   /əˈsɪm.ə.lə.bəl/
A textbook needs 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 your basic knowledge something learned from others, so that you can use it as your own: [T] We hoped the students would assimilate the information contained in the lecture.
People who are or become assimilated in a society become similar to others by learning and using the customs and culture of the new society: [T] Once outsiders, they had now been assimilated into the cultural mainstream.
(Definition of assimilate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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