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

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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. Are they going to absorb our rental agreement into the new contract? Do you think our rent will go up? With this merger, they're going to absorb our company into theirs, but thankfully they're giving long-term employees a chance to retire.
2. To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. The paper towel quickly absorbed the liquid into itself. It's a new sponge, so it's pretty stiff, but it will absorb soap and water into it no problem. The drops of food coloring were quickly absorbed in the fluffy cake.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Yes, finally the world's dominant culture has absorbed us into its increasing impressive folds of flab, where we're not happy that we've achieved true value for money unless we have meat sweats and shame in our hearts.