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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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The heat produced by the chemical reaction of lithium hydroxide crystals absorbing carbon dioxide, can rise upwards of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and be harnessed by the curtain.
For example, drivers could exchange full CO2 absorbing ceramic cartridges for new ones at gas stations.
Besides absorbing water more efficiently, Agriblend prevent soils from caking and compacting during droughts -- as well as mitigating compaction caused by heavy machinery -- so plants renew growth, and soil absorbs water more easily, when rains return.
A writable matte article with a water absorbing layer and polymer has been patented.
The finding, he adds, indicates that some interstellar dust may act as a vital cooling agent, absorbing ultraviolet energy released when massive gas and dust clouds collapse -- a process believed to give birth to stars.
Studies at several nationally recognized universities have documented that well-managed turf has the greatest capacity for absorbing and holding water than any other ground cover.
Low-Temperature Regenerative Type Moisture Absorbing Element: No.
An element for a regenerative moisture absorbing dehumidifying-and-drying apparatus was patented.
The work by Adams' group suggests that as the climate warmed after the Ice Age, land plants and soils worked against the oceans by absorbing some of the ocean-liberated gas -- a finding that runs counter to earlier studies based on computer models.
Nasdaq:CRDN) announced that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the Department of Energy to develop "Microwave Absorbing Materials for Accelerators in Cryogenic Environments.
The ceramic microwave absorbing material developed in this program will allow components to be produced that will enhance the operation of microwave devices designed to operate at extremely low temperatures.
Intervening galaxies, hydrogen clouds and intergalactic material intercept the light, absorbing certain wavelengths while allowing others to pass through unhindered.
we've held on to the idea that the oceans were absorbing roughly 40 percent of the [carbon dioxide from] fossilfuel combustion.
Equally intriguing is the idea of a "living" wall that responds to temperature fluctuations by absorbing or emitting heat.
If an atom happens to absorb too many photons, it automatically stops absorbing until the frequency of the laser catches up.