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To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include. To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body. To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth. To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass. 


Syn. - To Absorb, Engross, Swallow up, Engulf. These words agree in one general idea, that of completely taking up. They are chiefly used in a figurative sense and may be distinguished by a reference to their etymology. We speak of a person as absorbed (lit., drawn in, swallowed up) in study or some other employment of the highest interest. We speak of a person as engrossed (lit., seized upon in the gross, or wholly) by something which occupies his whole time and thoughts, as the acquisition of wealth, or the attainment of honor. We speak of a person (under a stronger image) as swallowed up and lost ...

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