♦ (to) absorb

♦ (to) absorb /əbˈsɔ:b/
v. t.
1 assorbire (un liquido, energia, ecc.): The walls absorb the heat during the day, le pareti assorbono il calore durante il giorno
2 (assorbire e) attutire: to absorb sound, assorbire il rumore
3 assimilare; fare proprio; assorbire: to absorb new ideas, fare proprie idee nuove
4 (econ.) assorbire: Defence spending absorbs 15% of the national revenue, le spese per la difesa assorbono il 15% delle entrate
5 inglobare; assorbire: Small companies were absorbed into larger ones, le piccole società sono state assorbite da quelle grandi; Foreign words are constantly absorbed into the language, la lingua assorbe costantemente parole straniere
6 assorbire; avvincere; prendere: Work absorbs him completely, il lavoro lo assorbe completamente.

English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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