|a period of sleep during which most dreaming occurs as the eyes move under closed lids and the skeletal muscles are deeply relaxed|
|the body's oxygen deficiency resulting from strenuous physical activity|
|—vb (usually foll by into |
|1.||(tr) to learn (information, a procedure, etc) and understand it thoroughly|
|2.||(tr) to absorb (food) and incorporate it into the body tissues|
|3.||(intr) to become absorbed, incorporated, or learned and understood|
|4.||to bring or come into harmony; adjust or become adjusted: the new immigrants assimilated easily|
|5.||to become or cause to become similar|
|[C15: from Latin assimilāre to make one thing like another, from similis like, |
assimilate as·sim·i·late (ə-sĭm'ə-lāt')
v. as·sim·i·lat·ed, as·sim·i·lat·ing, as·sim·i·lates
To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
To transform food into living tissue by the process of anabolism.