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assimilateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/

assimilate verb [I or T] (JOIN)

to become part of a group, country, society, etc., or to make someone or something become part of a group, country, society, etc.: The European Union should remain flexible enough to assimilate more countries quickly. You shouldn't expect immigrants to assimilate into an alien culture immediately.

assimilate verb [I or T] (LEARN)

to understand and remember new information and make it part of your basic knowledge so that you can use it as your own: It's hard to assimilate so much information.

assimilate verb [I or T] (ABSORB)

to absorb food or a substance into the tissue of a living organism: In this form vitamins can be easily assimilated by the body.
assimilable
adjective uk   us   /-lə.bl̩/
A textbook needs to be assimilable (= able to be understood) to sell a lot of copies.
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