1. become imbued

- The liquids, light, and gases absorb

Definition categories: contact, sorb

2. take up mentally

- he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe

Similar word(s): assimilate, ingest

Definition categories: cognition, acquire, larn, learn

3. take up, as of debts or payments

- absorb the costs for something

Definition categories: possession, fund

4. take in, also metaphorically

- The sponge absorbs water well

Similar word(s): draw, imbibe, suck

Definition categories: contact

5. cause to become one with

- The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax

Definition categories: change, blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix

6. suck or take up or in

- A black star absorbs all matter

Definition categories: weather

7. devote (oneself) fully to

Similar word(s): engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, steep

Definition categories: cognition, center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

8. assimilate or take in

- The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society

Definition categories: contact, invite, receive

9. consume all of one's attention or time

- Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely

Similar word(s): engage, engross, occupy

Definition categories: cognition, interest

Sentences with absorb as a verb:

- Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.