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4 definitions found
 for assimilate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assimilate \As*sim"i*late\, v. i.
     1. To become similar or like something else. [R.]
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     2. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a
        part of the substance of the assimilating body.
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              Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     3. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating
        body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food
        assimilate more readily than others.
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              I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with
              the church of England.                --J. H.
                                                    Newman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assimilate \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.
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              To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland. --John
                                                    Bright.
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              Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes
              Assimilate all objects.               --Cowper.
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     2. To liken; to compa?e. [R.]
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     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.
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              Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate
              their nourishment.                    --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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              His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons.
                                                    --Merivale.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  assimilate
      v 1: take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of
           his tribe" [syn: absorb, assimilate, ingest, take
           in]
      2: become similar to one's environment; "Immigrants often want
         to assimilate quickly" [ant: dissimilate]
      3: make similar; "This country assimilates immigrants very
         quickly" [ant: dissimilate]
      4: take (gas, light or heat) into a solution [syn: assimilate,
         imbibe]
      5: become similar in sound; "The nasal assimilates to the
         following consonant" [ant: dissimilate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  290 Moby Thesaurus words for "assimilate":
     Americanize, Anglicize, ablate, absorb, accommodate,
     accommodate with, accord, acculturate, acculturize, adapt,
     adapt to, add, adjust, adjust to, admit, adopt, adsorb, affiliate,
     agree with, amalgamate, analogize, appreciate, apprehend,
     appropriate, approximate, assimilate, assimilate to, attune,
     balance, be guided by, be with one, become, bend, bleed white,
     blend, blot, blot up, bring into analogy, bring into comparison,
     bring near, bring to, burn up, catch, catch on, change,
     change into, change over, chemisorb, chemosorb, chime in with,
     coalesce, combine, come together, compare, compare and contrast,
     compare with, complete, comply, comply with, compose, compound,
     comprehend, comprise, conceive, confer citizenship, conform,
     confront, connaturalize, connect, consolidate, consume, contain,
     contrast, convert, coordinate, corner, correct, correspond,
     count in, counterpose, cover, cut to, damp, deplete, dig, digest,
     discipline, do over, drain, drain of resources, draw a comparison,
     draw a parallel, drink, drink in, drink up, eat, eat up, embody,
     embrace, encircle, enclose, encompass, engross, envisage, equalize,
     equilibrize, erode, espouse, even, exhaust, expend, fall in with,
     fathom, fill, fill in, fill out, filter in, finish, finish off,
     fit, fix, flatten, flux, follow, fuse, gear to, get, get hold of,
     get the drift, get the idea, get the picture, go by, go native,
     gobble, gobble up, grasp, harmonize, have, have it taped, hold,
     homogenize, homologate, homologize, imbibe, imbue, impoverish,
     include, incorporate, infiltrate, infuse, ingest, ingrain,
     inoculate, integrate, interblend, interfuse, join, ken, key to,
     know, learn, leaven, level, liken, liken to, lump together, make,
     make conform, make one, make over, make plumb, make uniform,
     master, match, measure, measure against, meet, meld, melt into one,
     merge, metabolize, metaphorize, mix, mold, monopolize, naturalize,
     normalize, number among, observe, occupy, oppose, osmose, paragon,
     parallel, percolate in, place against, predigest, proportion,
     put in tune, put together, read, realize, receive, reckon among,
     reckon in, reckon with, reconcile, reconvert, rectify, reduce to,
     reembody, regularize, regulate, relate, render, resolve into,
     reverse, right, roll into one, rub off corners, run a comparison,
     savvy, seep in, seize, seize the meaning, sense, set,
     set in contrast, set in opposition, set off against,
     set over against, set right, settle, shade into, shape, shift,
     similarize, similize, slurp up, smooth, soak in, soak up, solidify,
     sorb, spend, sponge, squander, stabilize, standardize, stereotype,
     straighten, suck dry, suffuse, suit, swallow, swallow up, swill up,
     switch, switch over, symmetrize, sync, synchronize, syncretize,
     syndicate, synthesize, tailor, take, take in, take into account,
     take into consideration, take up, tally with, transform, trim to,
     true, true up, tune, turn back, turn into, understand, uniformize,
     unify, unite, use up, view together, waste away, wear away, weigh,
     weigh against, yield
  
  

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