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Absorb


ABSORB', verb transitive [Latin absorbeo, ab and sorbeo, to drink in; to draw or drink in; whence sirup, sherbet, shrub.]

1. To drink in; to suck up; to imbibe; as a spunge, or as the lacteals of the body.

2. To drink in, swallow up, or overwhelm with water, as a body in a whirlpool.

3. To waste wholly or sink in expenses; to exhaust, ; as, to absorb an estate in luxury.

4. To engross or engage wholly, as absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.