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



    BrE BrE//əˌsɪməˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌsɪməˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of assimilating somebody or something, or being assimilated the rapid assimilation of new ideas his assimilation into the community
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] (phonetics) the act of making two sounds in speech that are next to each other more similar to each other in certain ways, for example the pronunciation of the /t/ in football as a /p/; an example of this process
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assimilation