One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the absorption of water’
soaking up, sucking up, drawing in, drawing up, taking in, taking up, blotting up, mopping up, sponging up, sopping up
2‘by 1543, Scottish fears of absorption by England seemed to have been allayed’
incorporation, assimilation, integration, appropriation, taking in, subsuming, inclusion, co-opting, swallowing up
reduction, decrease, lessening, softening, deadening, cushioning
4‘she returned to her absorption in the game show on TV’
immersion, intentness, raptness, involvement, engrossment, occupation, engagement, preoccupation, captivation, monopolization
fascination, enthralment, interest
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