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verb assimilate pronunciation in British English /əˈsɪmɪleɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleassimilating
past tenseassimilated
past participleassimilated
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to help someone feel that they are part of a community or culture rather than feeling foreign
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to begin to consider yourself part of a community or culture rather than being foreign
  2. 2
    [transitive] to take in an idea or information and make it part of your knowledge so that you can use it effectively

    Picasso assimilated an amazing variety of techniques in his art.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to take in and use food or other nutrients

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