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English definition of “absorbent”


adjective     /əbˈzɔː.bənt/ US  /-ˈzɔːr-/
able to take liquid in through the surface and to hold it: absorbent paperThe state of matter absorbency     /əbˈzɔː.bə US  /-ˈzɔːr-/ noun [U] the ability to absorb liquidThe state of matter
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