[ab-sawr-bing, -zawr-]
extremely interesting; deeply engrossing: an absorbing drama.

1745–55; absorb + -ing2

absorbingly, adverb
nonabsorbing, adjective
unabsorbing, adjective
unabsorbingly, adverb
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absorbing (əbˈsɔːbɪŋ, -ˈzɔːb-)
occupying one's interest or attention; engrossing; gripping

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.Fr. absorber (O.Fr. assorbir), from L. absorbere "to swallow up," from ab- "from" + sorbere "suck in," from PIE base *srebh- "to suck, absorb" (cf. Armenian arbi "I drank," Gk. rhopheo "to sup greedily up, gulp down," Lith. srebiu "to drink greedily"). Figurative meaning "to completely
grip (one's) attention" is from 1753.
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Medical Dictionary

absorb ab·sorb (əb-sôrb', -zôrb')
v. ab·sorbed, ab·sorb·ing, ab·sorbs

  1. To take in by absorption.

  2. To reduce the intensity of transmitted light.

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