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

     

    assimilate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assimilate
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪt//
     
    he / she / it assimilates
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪts//
     
    past simple assimilated
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle assimilated
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form assimilating
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪməleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] assimilate something to fully understand an idea or some information so that you are able to use it yourself The committee will need time to assimilate this report. Some people can only assimilate change gradually.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become, or allow somebody to become, a part of a country or community rather than remaining in a separate group assimilate (into/to something) New arrivals find it hard to assimilate. Many new immigrants have not yet assimilated fully into the new culture. assimilate somebody (into/to something) Immigrants have been successfully assimilated into the community.
  3. 3[transitive, often passive] assimilate something into/to something to make an idea, a person’s attitude, etc. fit into something or be acceptable These changes were gradually assimilated into everyday life.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin assimilat- ‘absorbed, incorporated’, from the verb assimilare, from ad- ‘to’ + similis ‘like’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assimilate