assimilative

assimilative

[uh-sim-uh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv]
adjective
characterized by assimilation; assimilating.
Also, assimilatory [uh-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] .


Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin assimilātīvus. See assimilate, -ive

assimilativeness, noun
nonassimilative, adjective
nonassimilatory, adjective
unassimilative, adjective
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assimilate (əˈsɪmɪˌleɪt)
 
vb (usually foll by into or with) (usually foll by to or with)
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
6.  (usually foll by to) phonetics to change (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed into another under the influence of one adjacent to it: (n) often assimilates to before (k), as in ``include''
 
[C15: from Latin assimilāre to make one thing like another, from similis like, similar]
 
as'similable
 
adj
 
as'similably
 
adv
 
assimi'lation
 
n
 
as'similative
 
adj
 
as'similatory
 
adj
 
as'similator
 
n
 
as'similatively
 
adv

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