|absorb (əbˈsɔːb, -ˈzɔːb)|
|1.||to soak or suck up (liquids)|
|2.||to engage or occupy (the interest, attention, or time) of (someone); engross|
|3.||to receive or take in (the energy of an impact)|
|4.||physics to take in (all or part of incident radiated energy) and retain the part that is not reflected or transmitted|
|5.||to take in or assimilate; incorporate|
|6.||to accept and find a market for (goods, etc)|
|7.||to pay for as part of a commercial transaction: the distributor absorbed the cost of transport|
|8.||chem Compare adsorb to cause to undergo a process in which one substance, usually a liquid or gas, permeates into or is dissolved by a liquid or solid: porous solids absorb water; hydrochloric acid absorbs carbon dioxide|
|[C15: via Old French from Latin absorbēre to suck, swallow, from |
absorb ab·sorb (əb-sôrb', -zôrb')
v. ab·sorbed, ab·sorb·ing, ab·sorbs
To take in by absorption.
To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.