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Meaning of ASSIMILATE

Pronunciation:  u'simu`leyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  become similar to one's environment; "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
  2. [v]  make similar
  3. [v]  become similar in sound; in phonetics
  4. [v]  take up, as of knowledge or beliefs
  5. [v]  take into solution, as of gas, light, or heat
 

ASSIMILATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: absorb, imbibe, ingest, take in
 
 Antonyms: dissimilate
 
 See Also: absorb, acculturate, adapt, adjust, alter, change, conform, imbibe, larn, learn

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \As*sim"i*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assimilated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Assimilating}.] [L. assimilatus, p. p. of
    assimilare; ad + similare to make like, similis like. See
    {Similar}, {Assemble}, {Assimilate}.]
    1. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a
       resemblance between. --Sir M. Hale.
    
             To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland. --John
                                                   Bright.
    
             Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes Assimilate all
             objects.                              --Cowper.
    
    2. To liken; to compa?e. [R.]
    
    3. To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the
       substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or
       appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and
       converted into organic tissue.
    
             Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate
             their nourishment.                    --Sir I.
                                                   Newton.
    
             His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons.
                                                   --Merivale.
    
    
  2. \As*sim"i*late\, v. i.
    1. To become similar or like something else. [R.]
    
    2. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a
       part of the substance of the assimilating body.
    
             Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood.
                                                   --Arbuthnot.
    
    3. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating
       body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food
       assimilate more readily than others.
    
             I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with
             the church of England.                --J. H.
                                                   Newman.
    
    
 
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