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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ab·sorb /əbˈsɔrb/ 動詞
 吸收, 吸引, 接受, 併入, 使專心

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ab·sorb /əbˈsɔrb/ 及物動詞
 吸收, 吸引(注意)

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·sorb v. t. [imp. & p. p. Absorbed p. pr. & vb. n. Absorbing.]
 1. To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include. “Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.”
    The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion.   --W. Irving.
 2. To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
 3. To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.
 4. To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass.
 Syn: -- To Absorb, Engross, Swallow up, Engulf.
 Usage: These words agree in one general idea, that of completely taking up. They are chiefly used in a figurative sense and may be distinguished by a reference to their etymology. We speak of a person as absorbed (lit., drawn in, swallowed up) in study or some other employment of the highest interest. We speak of a person as ebgrossed (lit., seized upon in the gross, or wholly) by something which occupies his whole time and thoughts, as the acquisition of wealth, or the attainment of honor. We speak of a person (under a stronger image) as swallowed up and lost in that which completely occupies his thoughts and feelings, as in grief at the death of a friend, or in the multiplied cares of life. We speak of a person as engulfed in that which (like a gulf) takes in all his hopes and interests; as, engulfed in misery, ruin, etc.
    That grave question which had begun to absorb the Christian mind -- the marriage of the clergy.   --Milman.
 Too long hath love engrossed Britannia's stage,
 And sunk to softness all our tragic rage.   --Tickell.
 Should not the sad occasion swallow up
 My other cares?   --Addison.
 And in destruction's river
 Engulf and swallow those.   --Sir P. Sidney.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 absorb
      v 1: become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
      2: take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of
         his tribe" [syn: assimilate, ingest, take in]
      3: take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for
         something" [syn: take over]
      4: take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water
         well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words" [syn:
          suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw,
          take in, take up]
      5: cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into
         the state income tax"
      6: suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"
         [syn: take in] [ant: emit]
      7: engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his
         studies" [syn: steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross,
          soak up]
      8: assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed
         into society"
      9: engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies
         absorbs her completely" [syn: engross, engage, occupy]