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These concealed meetings, once begun, became an absorbing excitement.

Marriage might be the absorbing duty of some women, but was it necessarily hers?

It would mean a long summer of interesting and absorbing I work for her and for Katy.

She did not wish to be unkind, but her one absorbing idea at this moment was of solitude.

He will be the power behind the tents, and I will be in them, absorbing all the credit.

We were absorbing what our hearts, if not our minds, called out for: the enchantment of Egypt.

Will—carried to extremes, absorbing and swallowing up the rest of the personality.

We had had long talks together, absorbing talks about ourselves.

That evening my friend and I had a long, absorbing conversation in my room.

For some time she rested motionless, absorbing the beauty and the silence of the night.

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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