Definition of absorbing in English:



  • Intensely interesting; engrossing.

    ‘an absorbing account of their marriage’
    • ‘Robert Ross has written an absorbing and interesting book that should stimulate more research on culture and representation in South African history.’
    • ‘Particularly absorbing is the account of Mario's battles with back injuries and cancer, and the lessons to be learned from them.’
    • ‘Even standing on the touchline was a hazardous occupation as these two old rivals laid on an exciting and absorbing encounter played in the teeth of a gale blowing straight across Stacks Field.’
    • ‘A controversial penalty try in the seventh minute of injury time at the end of this absorbing match dealt a hammer blow to the hopes of champions Boroughmuir.’
    • ‘Quickly and mercifully, the initial apprehension disappears as the book turns into an intense and absorbing read.’
    • ‘Who entertained whom and what the food and conversation were like were matters of absorbing interest.’
    • ‘Reidy was relieved at finally recording a win over his tormentors, but less than happy with the seven kicks at goal his team missed over an absorbing seven-try thriller.’
    • ‘She writes an absorbing character study mixed with equally absorbing science writing, delivering a powerful and moving science book.’
    • ‘The most obvious reason, I imagine, is that the more we learn of our distant relatives, the more we learn about ourselves - a subject that is, naturally, of absorbing interest.’
    • ‘But irrespective of whether you are a collector, this is an absorbing book for anyone interested in history or other cultures.’
    • ‘What lent interest and made it absorbing was the competitive edge between the two parties, and the skill they displayed.’
    • ‘Another issue of absorbing interest, and still greater complexity, is that of how a composition comes into being, from conception to completion.’
    • ‘Deadwood combines fascinating character studies with intelligent writing and an absorbing plot.’
    • ‘It's really fascinating, and I feel it's what turns a blog from a series of chats into an absorbing internal narrative, or conversation.’
    • ‘Intimate cinematography and the drama of events unfolding makes for intense, absorbing viewing.’
    • ‘Combine them with a dark, gripping story, rich characterisation, superb direction from Eastwood and you have a powerful, absorbing thriller.’
    • ‘The result is big enough to be absorbing, but small enough to be manageable.’
    • ‘It should be a most interesting and absorbing match.’
    • ‘This is an absorbing and often intense novel, which can be appreciated both by those with little knowledge of James, and by James experts who should relish the allusions to his fiction.’
    • ‘I also have an absorbing new interest, one that Zoë would have shared.’
    fascinating, interesting, captivating, gripping, engrossing, compelling, compulsive, enthralling, riveting, spellbinding, entrancing, preoccupying, overwhelming, intriguing, thrilling, exciting
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