Synonyms of absorb
1 soak upDictionary • Refined sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly.
devour • He devoured 17 novels during his tour of India.
digest • She read everything, digesting every fragment of news.
imbibe • He'd imbibed a set of mystical beliefs from the cradle.
2 assimilateDictionary • an economy capable of absorbing thousands of immigrants
assimilate • My mind could only assimilate one possibility at a time.
incorporate • The agreement allowed the rebels to be incorporated into the police force.
accommodate • Students are accommodated in homes nearby.
3 cushionDictionary • footwear to absorb the impact of a hard pavement
cushion • He spoke gently, trying to cushion the blow of rejection.
suppress • Liz thought of Barry and suppressed a smile.
soften • He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
bolster • a number of measures intended to bolster morale
stifle • Critics have accused them of trying to stifle debate.
dampen • Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
muffle • He held a handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice.
deaden • They managed to deaden the sound.
4 consumeDictionary • The campaign absorbed vast amounts of capital.
consume • Some of the most efficient refrigerators consume 70 percent less electricity than traditional models.
use • You used all the ice cubes and didn't put the ice trays back.
spend • My stepson was spending money like it grew on trees.
waste • a cruel disease which wastes the muscles
employ • Your time could be usefully employed in attending to business matters.
drain • Deficits drain resources from the pool of national savings.
exhaust • We have exhausted almost all our food supplies.
squander • He had squandered his chances to win.
utilize • Sound engineers utilize a range of techniques.
expend • the number of calories you expend through exercise
5 engrossDictionary • a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had
engross • There's something about them which engrosses the public.
hold • Didn't it hold your attention?
fill • She filled the role of diplomat's wife for many years.
arrest • As he reached the hall, he saw what had arrested her.
occupy • I had other matters to occupy me that day.
engage • He tried to engage me in conversation.
fascinate • She fascinated him, on and off stage.
preoccupy • a question that continues to preoccupy the more serious papers
engulf • He was engulfed by a feeling of emptiness.
immerse • His commitments did not allow him to immerse himself in family life.
captivate • I was captivated by her sparkling personality.
monopolize • He monopolized her totally, to the exclusion of her brothers and sisters.
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accommodateTo accommodate someone means to provide them with a place to live or stay.
• Students are accommodated in homes nearby.
arrestIf something interesting or surprising arrests your attention, you suddenly notice it and then continue to look at it or consider it carefully.
• As he reached the hall, he saw what had arrested her.
• My mind could only assimilate one possibility at a time.
Thesaurus for absorb from the Collins English Thesaurus
to soak or suck up (liquids)