Meaning of "absorb" in Essential American English Dictionary

absorb

verb us /əbˈzɔrb, əbˈsɔrb/

to take in liquid, gas, or heat and hold it:

Cook the rice until all the liquid has been absorbed.

to understand and remember something:

It’s hard to absorb so much information.

(Definition of “absorb” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)