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absorb (oneself) in (something)

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 (someone or something) in(to) (something)

1. To integrate someone or something 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 (something) with (something)

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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Choate Hall and Stewart served as legal counsel to Absorb Software.
Managements of the Federal General Hospital, Capital Hospital, Polyclinic, Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC), the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine (Nirm) and Pims have been told to direct the doctors who came on deputation and who were later absorbed to appear before the committee for a one-on-one hearing as per SC directions.
The chiefs and people also reminded the NPP government of a promise made to them during their campaign to absorb the school into the public system.
According to the company, Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures.
Once the plant has absorbed a significant amount of metal, they can also be harvested for their commercially valuable contents.
He said that Absorb appears to offer better outcomes with fewer side effects.
With the commercial international launch of Absorb, the competitive landscape of the stent market has changed.
About the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Absorb is made of polylactide, a proven biocompatible material that is commonly used in medical implants such as dissolvable sutures.
That means that even if the polar ice cap were to disappear, it is far from clear that the water would absorb as much carbon dioxide as it has so far.
Fat Absorb is the result of an extensive research that has led to the development of this effective and all-natural weight loss solution.
The Central New Jersey overall industrial availability rate is expected to remain near its current level until sustained demand can absorb the new product being added to the inventory base.
Similar to the crumple zones designed by the auto industry, the idea behind CEM is to have the structure of a rail car absorb the energy and shock of a crash rather than the bodies inside it.
18/05/07, THE TIMES--The oceans are losing capacity to absorb rising man-made carbon emissions, which is increasing the global warming rate from 5 to 30%, scientists said yesterday.