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absorb is pronounced in two syllables
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An example use of absorb in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… take on and absorb the innovation that …”
meanings of absorb
In receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.
In receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.
(transitive, physics, chemistry) To take in energy and convert it, asHeat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
Taking in radiant energy and converting it to a different form of energy, like heat.
To defray the costs.
To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to incorporate; to assimilate; to take in and use up.
To engulf, as in water; to swallow up.
To accept or purchase in quantity.
To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe, like a sponge or as the lacteals of the body; to chemically take in.
To occupy or consume time.
To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully.
absorb frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR
the word absorb occurs in english on average 7.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
topics absorb can be related to
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