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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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A total of 107,716 square feet of space was leased - a 65 percent drop from the third quarter of last year - and 85,136 square feet was absorbed.
Knowing which form of chromium is best absorbed by the body is important information for consumers who hope to achieve the optimal health benefits associated with chromium supplementation.
The Danbury market showed surprising strength in 1996, with more than 196,500 square feet of space absorbed and a six-point decline in its vacancy rate.
Led by the PHS acquisition of Shelton Corporate Center, the Shelton-Trumbull market absorbed 371,651 square feet of office space during the quarter.
Both moves accounted for more than 700,000 square feet of absorbed space and helped to reaffirm Westchester County's prominence as a major corporate office location.
According to the Rostenberg-Doern Midyear Corporate Real Estate Report, approximately 987,000 square feet of space was absorbed in Fairfield County during the past six months.
When silicon is exposed to light, blue light is absorbed near the surface, green light is absorbed deeper, and red light is absorbed deepest within the silicon.
The animals absorbed most of their cadmium from the water.
According, to the Rostenberg-Doern Doern Quarterly Office Market Report, 414,841 square feet of Class A and B office space was absorbed in Fairfield County during the first three months of 1994.
Ionization affects how well a compound will dissolve, which can have a limiting affect on how well it will be absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
Reduction in absorbed dose by 50 percent or more in mammography seems plausible.
Total absorption for Fairfield County last year was 201,850 square feet, far below the more than 1 million square feet absorbed countywide in 1990.
5 billion tons of carbon each year, or double the amount absorbed by the oceans, the scientists report.
As the plants grew, they absorbed dissolved carbon dioxide from the water, thereby reducing the amount of gas released into the atmosphere by the ocean.