Definition of absorption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈsɔːpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈsɔːrpʃn//
    ; BrE BrE//əbˈzɔːpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɔːrpʃn//
    [uncountable] Showing interest
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  1. 1the process of a liquid, gas or other substance being taken in Vitamin D is necessary to aid the absorption of calcium from food.
  2. 2the process of a smaller group, country, etc. becoming part of a larger group or country the absorption of immigrants into the host country
  3. 3absorption (in something) the fact of somebody being very interested in something so that it takes all their attention His work suffered because of his total absorption in sport. See related entries: Showing interest
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘the swallowing up of something’): from Latin absorptio(n-), from absorbere ‘swallow up’, from ab- ‘from’ + sorbere ‘suck in’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: absorption

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