"absorbs" in the verb sense
"The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
2. absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
take up mentally
"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
3. absorb, take over
take up, as of debts or payments
"absorb the costs for something"
4. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up
take in, also metaphorically
"The sponge absorbs water well"
"She drew strength from the minister's words"
cause to become one with
"The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
6. absorb, take in
suck or take up or in
"A black star absorbs all matter"
7. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up
devote (oneself) fully to
"He immersed himself into his studies"
assimilate or take in
"The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
9. absorb, engross, engage, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time
"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
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