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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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Abbott has completed one clinical trial called ABSORB and currently is conducting a second trial called ABSORB EXTEND to evaluate the company's bioresorbable device for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
Chitosan absorbs fats and oils around six to ten times its weight.
We are offering a deluxe unit which takes a little longer to sell, but we firmly believe Thunder Bay can absorb all three developments this year because they all appeal to different markets in three different locations.
12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today positive one-year clinical results from the ABSORB III trial, which compared the safety and effectiveness of Abbott's fully dissolving Absorb(TM) heart stent to XIENCE [sup.
Abbott Concludes Enrollment for Absorb Clinical Trials for US, China, and Japan
The randomized clinical trials for Absorb demonstrate Abbott's commitment to provide the highest level of clinical evidence possible to assess Absorb compared to metallic drug eluting stents the current standard of care," said Charles A.
Use this equation to calculate the number of trees needed to absorb the carbon dioxide released each year from the use of certain appliances: (kilograms of carbon dioxide released) / (11 kilograms of carbon dioxide absorbed per tree) = number of trees.
So, when ice melts and albedo takes a nosedive, the upper layers of the ocean absorb more sunlight, and sea-surface temperatures rise.
The gel can absorb up to 600 times its weight in water and rapidly biodegrades.
The absorbing layer of foam absorbs the acoustic energy, and the barrier layer prevents any remaining noise from passing through the sheet metal cover.
This excess liquidity will provide some comfort to absorb expected losses in a significant portion of Bancomer's assets, which include a hefty amount of related-party lending granted in the last quarter of 2006 that will likely be difficult to recover.
4, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Absorb Health, a dietary supplement and natural skin care company located in Southport, North Carolina, has just added several new supplements to its already-impressive inventory.
Abbott's Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is a revolutionary medical device, used in the heart, that functions like a stent but dissolves over time
The durable textile effect is designed to control bacterial growth and absorb odors.
Because the polymers in plastic solar cells currently under development absorb only visible light, they convert about 6 percent of the sun's energy into electrical power.