Definition of adsorb verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adsorb

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrb//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adsorb
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrb//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrb//
 
he / she / it adsorbs
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrbz//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrbz//
 
past simple adsorbed
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrbd//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrbd//
 
past participle adsorbed
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrbd//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrbd//
 
-ing form adsorbing
BrE BrE//ədˈsɔːbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈsɔːrbɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈzɔːbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈzɔːrbɪŋ//
 
 
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adsorb something (specialist) if something adsorbs a liquid, gas or other substance, it holds it on its surface The dye is adsorbed onto the fibre. Word Origin late 19th cent.: blend of ad- (expressing adherence) + absorb.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adsorb