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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /æbˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/

Definitions of absorbability word

  • verb with object absorbability to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water. 1
  • verb with object absorbability to swallow up the identity or individuality of; incorporate: The empire absorbed many small nations. 1
  • verb with object absorbability to involve the full attention of; to engross or engage wholly: so absorbed in a book that he did not hear the bell. 1
  • verb with object absorbability to occupy or fill: This job absorbs all of my time. 1
  • verb with object absorbability to take up or receive by chemical or molecular action: Carbonic acid is formed when water absorbs carbon dioxide. 1
  • verb with object absorbability to take in without echo, recoil, or reflection: to absorb sound and light; to absorb shock. 1

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Origin of absorbability

First appearance:

before 1480
One of the 25% oldest English words
1480-90; < Latin absorbēre, equivalent to ab- ab- + sorbēre to suck in, swallow

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Parts of speech for Absorbability


absorbability popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

absorbability usage trend in Literature

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