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Accordingly he tried to absorb himself in his thoughts and listen to nothing.

And meanwhile what began to interest and absorb me were sources--testimony.

Does she suppose wounds of different kinds to "absorb" each other, so to speak?

These absorb the nourishment and turn it over to the embryo.

He watched Pederson absorb that, too; he saw the excitement grow.

Do not work on an empty stomach-you can then absorb lead easily.

And it is as important to help him express as to help him absorb.

Loved with a love that threatened to absorb even her physical existence.

Not that he took little interest in it, but it had no power to absorb and engross him.

If fish has not been wiped dry it will absorb too much grease.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French absorber (Old French assorbir, 13c.), from Latin absorbere "to swallow up," from ab- "from" (see ab-) + sorbere "suck in," from PIE root *srebh- "to suck, absorb" (cf. Armenian arbi "I drank," Greek rhopheo "to sup greedily up, gulp down," Lithuanian srebiu "to drink greedily"). Figurative meaning "to completely grip (one's) attention" is from 1763. Related: Absorbed; absorbing.

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