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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 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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Nicotine absorbed into the body through the digestive system, which will take you about 30 minutes to feel.
The top member here again is Latvia with 30% of European funds absorbed, followed by Lithuania and Slovenia.
Nearly 8 million square feet was absorbed in the Northern and Central New Jersey industrial market in 2006.
The branches absorbed some of the radiation and became warmer--"like little solar ovens," says Sturm.
15032(d)(3)(i)(A) states that a parent's basis in a member's stock does not increase by a DCL incurred by the member, but not absorbed by the consolidated group, in a particular year.
While the metal is not easily absorbed, the government is still paying scientists like Yokel to make sure we are safe when it comes to dietary sources of aluminum.
The USS/DG[TM] division of United States Surgical, a division of Tyco Healthcare Group LP, has introduced the Caprosyn[TM] (polyglytone 6211) monofilament synthetic absorbable suture, the most rapidly absorbed USP synthetic suture developed to date.
With ClearWeld, the laser passes through the clear plastic, but stops at the joint, where it is absorbed by the ink and generates enough heat to create a weld.
The brain then assimilates and changes the thoughts and ideas which it has absorbed and changes them into character and personality.
Most healthcare settings surround patients/residents with hard, smooth, nonporous surfaces that cause sound to bounce from one surface to another without being absorbed.
The cores begin to degrade as moisture accumulates on or is absorbed into the core or core wash coating.
The absorbed moisture is removed from the element at a temperature of 110[degrees]C or less to regenerate the element.
Even protein powders take time to breakdown and be absorbed.