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"assimilation" in British English

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assimilationnoun [U]

uk   /əˌsɪm.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /əˌsɪm.əˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • 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 ​worldwars.
  • assimilation noun [U] (INTO ORGANISM)

the ​process of ​absorbingfood into the ​tissue of a ​livingorganism: Poor assimilation of ​vitamins and ​nutrients can ​causehealthproblems.
  • assimilation noun [U] (OF SOUNDS)

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

"assimilation" in American English

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assimilationnoun [U]

 us   /əˌsɪm·əˈleɪ·ʃən/
the ​process of ​becomingsimilar to ​others by taking in and using ​theircustoms and ​culture: The assimilation of ​immigrants into American ​culture has been a ​constantfeature of US ​history.
(Definition of assimilation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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