1. take up mentally;
- Example: "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
[syn: absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in]
2. become similar to one's environment;
- Example: "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
3. make similar;
- Example: "This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"
4. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution;
[syn: assimilate, imbibe]
5. become similar in sound;
- Example: "The nasal assimilates to the following consonant"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Assimilate \As*sim"i*late\, v. i. 1. To become similar or like something else. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a part of the substance of the assimilating body. [1913 Webster] Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 3. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food assimilate more readily than others. [1913 Webster] I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with the church of England. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Assimilate \As*sim"i*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assimilated; p. pr. & vb. n. Assimilating.] [L. assimilatus, p. p. of assimilare; ad + similare to make like, similis like. See Similar, Assemble, Assimilate.] 1. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland. --John Bright. [1913 Webster] Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes Assimilate all objects. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. To liken; to compa?e. [R.] [1913 Webster] 3. To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue. [1913 Webster] Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate their nourishment. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons. --Merivale. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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