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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 (someone or something) 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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Recently, the company completed its submission for regulatory approval of Absorb in Japan and it plans to submit reports, including data from pivotal trials, for regulatory approvals in the US and China in the coming months.
The company is conducting the tests to support approvals of Absorb in the U.
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But that's cold comfort, because come summertime, when sunlight lasts 24 hours a day, each square meter of icefree sea will absorb about 100 watts more energy than it would if it were covered with snow-topped ice.
The absorbing layer of foam absorbs the acoustic energy, and the barrier layer prevents any remaining noise from passing through the sheet metal cover.
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Abbott today announced it has completed enrollment of three clinical trials to support approvals of the company's revolutionary Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in the United States, Japan and China.
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.
Additionally, plants normally absorb other nutrients--like the elements nitrogen and phosphorous--from the soil through their roots.
requires precise deposition of inks formulated to absorb near-infrared (NIR) laser light.