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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]
    • /æbˈsɔr bənt, -ˈzɔr-/
    • /əbˈzɔː.bənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]
    • /æbˈsɔr bənt, -ˈzɔr-/

Definitions of absorbent word

  • adjective absorbent Absorbent material soaks up liquid easily. 3
  • adjective absorbent able to absorb 3
  • noun absorbent a substance that absorbs 3
  • adjective absorbent capable of absorbing moisture, light rays, etc. 3
  • noun absorbent a thing or substance that absorbs 3
  • adjective absorbent capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb. 1

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Origin of absorbent

First appearance:

before 1710
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1710-20, absorbent is from the Latin word absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent

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Parts of speech for Absorbent


absorbent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% 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 absorbent

adj absorbent

  • dry — free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet: a dry towel; dry air.
  • absorptive — able or tending to absorb; absorbent.
  • penetrable — capable of being penetrated.
  • permeable — capable of being permeated.
  • porous — full of pores.

adjective absorbent

  • pervious — admitting of passage or entrance; permeable: pervious soil.
  • hygroscopic — absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.
  • assimilative — of or causing assimilation; assimilating
  • assimilating — to take in and incorporate as one's own; absorb: He assimilated many new experiences on his European trip.
  • absorbefacient — a medicine or other agent that promotes absorption

Antonyms for absorbent

adj absorbent

adjective absorbent

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