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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-]
    • /æbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/
    • /əbˈzɔːp.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-]
    • /æbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/

Definitions of absorption word

  • uncountable noun absorption The absorption of a liquid, gas, or other substance is the process of it being soaked up or taken in. 3
  • uncountable noun absorption The absorption of a group into a larger group is the process of it becoming part of the larger group. 3
  • uncountable noun absorption Someone's absorption in something is the fact that they are very interested in it and that it takes up all their attention and energy. 3
  • noun absorption the process of absorbing or the state of being absorbed 3
  • noun absorption normal assimilation by the tissues of the products of digestion 3
  • noun absorption the passage of a gas, fluid, drug, etc, through the mucous membranes or skin 3

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Origin of absorption

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Latin absorptiōn- (stem of absorptiō), equivalent to absorpt(us), past participle of absorbēre to absorb + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Absorption


absorption 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".

absorption usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absorption

noun absorption

  • intake — the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.
  • digestion — the process in the alimentary canal by which food is broken up physically, as by the action of the teeth, and chemically, as by the action of enzymes, and converted into a substance suitable for absorption and assimilation into the body.
  • consumption — The consumption of fuel or natural resources is the amount of them that is used or the act of using them.
  • saturation — the act or process of saturating.
  • penetration — the act or power of penetrating.

Antonyms for absorption

noun absorption

  • boredom — Boredom is the state of being bored.
  • distraction — the act of distracting.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • rejection — the act or process of rejecting.

Top questions with absorption

  • what is absorption?
  • which of the following is a feature of iron absorption?
  • which of the following will impair iron absorption?
  • in which organ does the majority of water absorption occur?
  • where does absorption of nutrients take place?
  • what will slow down alcohol absorption?
  • what is the primary absorption site for digestible carbohydrates?
  • what enhances iron absorption?
  • what is the rate of absorption?
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  • which of the following is known to enhance iron absorption?
  • what is the difference between digestion and absorption?
  • what is an absorption spectrum?
  • how to increase iron absorption?
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