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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd]
    • /æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd/
    • /əbˈzɔːbd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd]
    • /æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd/

Definitions of absorbed word

  • adjective absorbed If you are absorbed in something or someone, you are very interested in them and they take up all your attention and energy. 3
  • adjective absorbed engrossed; deeply interested 3
  • adjective absorbed taken in, sucked up, assimilated, etc. 3
  • adjective absorbed greatly interested; wholly occupied 3
  • adjective absorbed deeply interested or involved; preoccupied: He had an absorbed look on his face. 1
  • verb with object absorbed to suck up or drink in (a liquid); soak up: A sponge absorbs water. 1

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Origin of absorbed

First appearance:

before 1755
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1755-65; absorb + -ed2

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Parts of speech for Absorbed


absorbed popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for absorbed

adj absorbed

  • preoccupied — completely engrossed in thought; absorbed.
  • involved — very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
  • fascinated — to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the audience.
  • gone — past participle of go1 .
  • immersed — plunged or sunk in or as if in a liquid.

adjective absorbed

  • riveted — a metal pin for passing through holes in two or more plates or pieces to hold them together, usually made with a head at one end, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion.
  • gripped — the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
  • interested — having an interest in something; concerned: Interested members will meet at noon.
  • attentive — If you are attentive, you are paying close attention to what is being said or done.
  • engrossed — Having all one's attention or interest absorbed by someone or something.

Antonyms for absorbed

adj absorbed

  • bored — If you are bored, you feel tired and impatient because you have lost interest in something or because you have nothing to do.
  • disinterested — unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee.
  • uninterested — having or showing no feeling of interest; indifferent.
  • indifferent — without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
  • unoccupied — without occupants; empty; vacant.

adjective absorbed

  • detached — Someone who is detached is not personally involved in something or has no emotional interest in it.

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