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absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. It's no use trying to talk to Helen when she's absorbed in thought like that; it's as if we don't even exist!
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be absorbed by (something)

To have all of one's attention, interest, or identity completely dominated by or engrossed in something. I was so absorbed by the movie that I didn't even notice you coming in! He is so absorbed by his work that he doesn't have enough time for his family anymore.
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absorb (something/someone) in(to)

1. To integrate into a new environment or situation. At least the new company has been able to absorb all of the old employees into its corporate structure
2. To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. The paper towel quickly absorbed the liquid into itself.
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absorb (oneself) in

To occupy or preoccupy oneself completely with activity or pursuit. Greg absorbed himself in video games every day after school. I wanted to impress Juliet, so I absorbed myself in music by her favorite band.
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absorb (something) with

To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. I had to absorb the water from the overflowing toilet with large towels to keep it from leaking through the floor.
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absorb oneself in someone or something

Fig. [for someone] to become very interested or preoccupied with something or someone else's interests. Tom would often absorb himself in his children's activities on weekends.
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absorb someone in(to) something

[of a person or a group of people] to include someone in all the activities of the group; to integrate someone into something. The club absorbed the new members into the organization.
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absorb something in(to) something

[of matter or substance] to draw something into itself. The sponge absorbed all the moisture into its fibers.
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absorb something with something

to soak up a fluid with something. Henry absorbed the spilled milk with a sponge.
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Soil alkalinity of region had effect on the absorbability of absorbable P, Zn and Mn in soil and by passing time, caused decreasing the absorbability of these elements in soil.
The hydrophobic layers of asphalt significantly hamper not only the absorbability but also capillary suction water in mortars and concretes.
Wheat flour with high protein content of 12%-14% and having high water absorbability is good for noodle and white bread.
Granito tiles, which are superior over other ceramic tiles such as marble tiles and natural granite tiles, are porcelain tiles, which are harder with low water absorbability, tougher, not easily scratched and their colors not changing easily.
Factors affecting the absorbability of saturated fatty acids in the chick.
IntePharm's new product increases the absorbability of calcium more than any other calcium supplement currently available in the market.
The digestibility and absorbability of fermented soy beans has been shown to be much higher than that of cooked and autoclaved soybeans (Kiers et al.
May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Several recent news stories referencing research I conducted about the absorbability of calcium-fortified orange juices have incorrectly lumped all calcium-fortified orange juices together in comparing them to naturally occurring sources of calcium.
The exact reason for the two percentage unit increase in water-soluble protein is unclear, but one potential explanation might be that microorganisms hydrolyze water-insoluble proteins into soluble forms, such as free amino acids and small-size peptides, with better absorbability (Hong et al.
The selection of a calcium supplement should be determined based on a number of factors, including availability, absorbability and cost.
Selenomax was chosen by study investigators specifically for its absorbability, its bioavailability and because it is organic - it is the closest form of selenium to that found in nature.
Metabolisable energy, nitrogen absorbability and feeding value of expeller processed mustard cake for chicks.
Type High protein Medium protein Content 12% and higher 10%- 11% Water absorbability High Medium Use Noodle Wet noodle White bread Cake France bread Pastry etc.