Definition of 'absorb'
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This would allow them to absorb more carbon dioxide and boost yields. The Sun (2016)He rants about restaurants that serve burgers on a brioche bun, rather than something capable of absorbing the grease. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We soaked most of it up, then my wife put a bag full of salt on it to further absorb the liquid. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Simmer steadily for 20 until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice grains are swollen but a tad hard in the centre. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Cover and cook for 10 min until peas and other veg are tender, the liquid absorbed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Iron in the first group is well absorbed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The potatoes will absorb any excess liquid overnight. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The tropics absorb more solar energy than they reflect back into space. Christianity Today (2000)It turned out that being absorbed in something to avoid relationship problems was a family trait. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide depends on the interplay between these two factors. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Trees absorb carbon dioxide and provide shade. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The barley will go on absorbing the liquid the longer it is left. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But roads with hedges scored well because these would absorb the energy of an impact. Times, Sunday Times (2007)New trees produce more oxygen than old trees and also absorb more carbon dioxide. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Oceans are warming faster than expected and absorbing less carbon dioxide than expected. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Simmer gently until all the liquid is absorbed. Times, Sunday Times (2015)As a result the earth is now absorbing more energy than it is emitting. Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007)It does wonders in reducing the carbon footprint because growing trees absorb carbon dioxide. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It claims to have come up with a formula to make concrete that actually absorbs carbon dioxide. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Simmer gently to soften and absorb all the liquid. Times, Sunday Times (2011)And most of the extra energy is absorbed by the depths of the oceans. The Sun (2012)While some gas is absorbed in the blood, most comes out through the mouth or backside. The Sun (2012)In addition, charcoal granules will absorb noxious gases. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Here, man can become so absorbed in something small that time flies by. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Greenhouse gas: some gases can absorb infrared radiation and retain it in the atmosphere. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I look over my shoulder and there she is, instantly absorbed by a group of smoking men and women. Times, Sunday Times (2013)When people are upset they need to try to escape from that by getting absorbed in something totally different, which will give them some intellectual pleasure. Times, Sunday Times (2014)In theory, the gas is absorbed into the bloodstream where it can be used according to the body's needs. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Walking around the streets of a busy town at night as a street pastor, ready to pick up and absorb something of the chaos and human mess? Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Translations for 'absorb'
British English: absorb VERB
If something absorbs a liquid, gas, or other substance, it soaks it up or takes it in.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and moisture from the soil.
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