Meaning of “assimilate” in the English Dictionary

"assimilate" in British English

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assimilateverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/ us /əˈsɪm.ə.leɪt/

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.

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.
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)