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assimilation

noun [U] uk   us   /əˌsɪm.ɪˈleɪ.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 world wars.

assimilation noun [U] (INTO ORGANISM)

the process of absorbing food into the tissue of a living organism: Poor assimilation of vitamins and nutrients can cause health problems.

assimilation noun [U] (OF SOUNDS)

specialized phonetics the fact of a speech sound being influenced by the sound that comes before or after it
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