Definition of assimilation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas.

    ‘the assimilation of the knowledge of the Greeks’
    • ‘Participation aids concentration, retention, and assimilation of ideas.’
    • ‘His knowledge came from assimilation and practical application, allegedly made easier by his aristocratic heritage.’
    • ‘The earlier that students are introduced to the software development process, the smoother the assimilation of this body of knowledge will be.’
    • ‘Our powers of assimilation are greater than we know.’
    • ‘The assimilation of knowledge always occurs within a definite dynamic.’
    • ‘Despite his early assimilation of modernist methods, he has long been underappreciated.’
    • ‘One section is devoted to the assimilation and exploration of the philosophical and scientific heritage of late antiquity.’
    • ‘The system is designed to enable the rapid and/or accurate assimilation of complex information in the undersea battle space.’
    • ‘Concise text would reduce strain on military communications and greatly speed the assimilation of information.’
    • ‘Many who become generals have only one nonoperational assignment, which allows little time for reflection and assimilation of skills.’
    1. 1.1 The absorption and integration of people, ideas, or culture into a wider society or culture.
      ‘the assimilation of Italians into American society’
      • ‘One interesting case is the assimilation of foreign cultures that took place in insular Southeast Asia.’
      • ‘Assimilation was a process of monitoring non-indigenous lives using non-indigenous benchmarks.’
      • ‘There is nothing new about the assimilation of elements of popular culture into the fine arts.’
      • ‘This paved the way for multiculturalism, undermining the relevance of assimilation for many new immigrants.’
      • Spanglish appears to confront immigrant fear and the compromises of assimilation.’
      • ‘Asylum seekers could enhance their image by accepting the necessity of certain cultural and linguistic assimilation with the host community.’
      • ‘It is said that the forced assimilation of native people to European-American values caused the degradation of Native American art.’
      • ‘The movie is about cultural differences and the difficulties of assimilation.’
      • ‘Similarly, Jones defies an easy assimilation into civilian society.’
      • ‘In the new country, the former colonizer's country, a new cycle of forced and voluntary assimilation started all over again.’
  • 2The absorption and digestion of food or nutrients by the body or any biological system.

    ‘nitrate assimilation usually takes place in leaves’
    • ‘This availability of electrons represents another step in the regulation of sulfate assimilation in non-photosynthetic tissues.’
    • ‘This may result in smaller plants with a lower assimilation capacity and reduced yields.’
    • ‘The assimilation of proteins—the process of digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract—remains the subject of intensive research.’
    • ‘This corresponds to the optimal distribution of leaf nitrogen that maximizes carbon assimilation and crop productivity.’
    • ‘This results in a smaller stimulation of photosynthetic assimilation at elevated levels of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Their approach assumed the observed, almost complete sugar assimilation to model gut function in hummingbirds.’
    • ‘Nitrate also acts as a signal to induce the expression of enzymes involved in nitrogen assimilation.’
    • ‘The nature of the grazing mayfly suggests selective feeding or assimilation of the more highly labeled algal-bacterial substance.’
    • ‘Bee pollen is used to improve digestive assimilation as well as athletic performance.’
    • ‘Raw foods make optimal assimilation of nutrition easy and provide pure, clean energy for the body.’
  • 3The process of becoming similar to something.

    ‘Watson was ready to work for the assimilation of Scots law to English law where he thought it was justified’
    • ‘As Aristotle states, knowledge is an assimilation to the thing known.’
    • ‘In the general, abstract sense of becoming similar—that is, in respects that have to be specified—assimilation does not seem to be morally objectionable.’
    • ‘We often see the assimilation of differing perspectives.’
    • ‘What was happening here was assimilation to the English model with its directly state-run Anglican Church.’
    • ‘The Enlightenment was the beginning of the gradual domestication of the doctrine, and its eventual assimilation to a secular understanding.’
    1. 3.1Phonetics The fact of a sound being made more like another in the same or next word.
      ‘when p is preceded by some Latin prefixes, it is doubled because of the assimilation of a consonant, as in 'apparent' (ad-parent)’
      count noun ‘there are many assimilations and elisions of consonants and vowels’
      • ‘In order to comprehend the mechanisms of assimilation, some comprehension of the production of speech sounds is needed.’
      • ‘Assimilation can be anticipatory, where a sound changes to resemble a sound that follows it ('dog' becomes 'gog').’
      • ‘This may help reduce final consonant deletion, assimilation, and other phonological processes.’
      • ‘Vowel harmony is a subclass of assimilation.’
      • ‘The vowel that causes the vowel assimilation is frequently termed the trigger.’