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The timber expands as it absorbs moisture.
Caffeine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Most of the refugees were absorbed by the growing service sector.
Since the end of the war, France had endeavoured to absorb the Saar region into their country.
After the war, the whole region was absorbed into the Roman Empire.
Over the centuries, they gradually absorbed Islamic ideas about design and architecture.
His music has absorbed influences from all over the world.
a game that had absorbed the children all afternoon
Jump with your knees bent, so they absorb less impact.
This is the British English definition of absorb. View American English definition of absorb.
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