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1‘when wood gets wet, it absorbs water and expands’
soak up, suck up, draw in, draw up, take in, take up, blot up, mop up, sponge up, sop up
exude, give out
2‘patience is needed to absorb all this information’
assimilate, digest, ingest, take in, imbibe, drink in, familiarize oneself with
comprehend, grasp, learn, understand, master
3‘the company was absorbed into the new concern’
incorporate, assimilate, integrate, appropriate, take in, subsume, include, co-opt, swallow up
4‘these roles absorb most of his time and energy’
consume, take up, occupy
waste, squander, go through, deplete, drain, exhaust, swallow up
5‘the inner lining will absorb some of the sound’
deaden, soften, cushion
reduce, decrease, lessen
6‘she was absorbed in a letter when Mervyn came into the room’
preoccupy, engross, captivate, occupy, engage
rivet, grip, hold, interest, intrigue, immerse, involve, enthral, spellbind, fascinate, arrest, monopolize
distract, divert, entertain, amuse
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