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English definition of “assimilate”

assimilate

verb [I/T]  /əˈsɪm·əˌleɪt/ us  
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.
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