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Dictionary Definition

absorbed adj
1 wholly absorbed as in thought; "deep in thought"; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "the book had her totally engrossed"; "enwrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought" [syn: engrossed, enwrapped, intent, rapt, wrapped]
2 retained without reflection; "the absorbed light intensity"
3 taken in through the pores of a surface; "the absorbed water expanded the sponge"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. fully occupied with one's thoughts; engrossed
  2. In the context of "of light": taken in by a body without reflection
  3. In the context of "of a fluid": taken by through the pores of a surface


fully occupied with one's thoughts; engrossed
taken in by a body without reflection
taken by through the pores of a surface


  1. past of absorb

See also

Extensive Definition

Absorption may refer to:

Chemistry and biology

Physics and mechanical engineering

Mathematics and economics

  • Absorption law, in mathematics, an identity linking a pair of binary operations
  • Absorption (economics), the total demand of an economy for goods and services both from within and without

See also

  • Adsorption, the formation of a liquid or gas film on a solid surface.
  • Digestion, the uptake of substances by the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Flow (psychology), a state of total mental "absorption".
absorbed in Catalan: Absorció
absorbed in Czech: Absorpce
absorbed in German: Absorption
absorbed in Spanish: Absorción
absorbed in French: Absorption
absorbed in Galician: Absorción
absorbed in Japanese: 吸収
absorbed in Norwegian Nynorsk: Absorpsjon
absorbed in Polish: Absorpcja
absorbed in Portuguese: Absorção
absorbed in Romanian: Absorbţie
absorbed in Slovak: Absorpcia
absorbed in Finnish: Absorptio
absorbed in Tagalog: Absorsyon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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