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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) (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 (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 (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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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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It could've shown a more compelling look at the rich's lifestyle and the duo's moneymaking plans more absorbingly, to make it more intriguing and comprehensible, a feat done before by 'insider'-perspective films such as 'Moneyball.'
A deftly crafted and absorbingly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Isaiah's Daughter" by Mesu Andres is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Historical Fiction collections.
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The Tynedale lads sing songs that sound utterly contemporary, and it's in that overarching modernity, in their singer's love of the falsetto and in lyricism full of absorbingly rich imagery and wordplay where they bring to mind Kendal's Wild Beasts (think of Undrowned, full of alienation, greed and footballer's wives, with their "system of pistons arachnid and blistered").
A warmly elegant account of Haydn's late E-flat Trio, the piano first among equals, an absorbingly busy 'Jeeves and Woosterish' "Cafe Music" by the remarkable Paul Schoenfield, and an empathetic response to Schumann's F major Trio encompassing both its neo-Bachian rigour and its tortured Romantic energy framed this year's premiere.
And it's there in the turbulence between the familiar and the foreign that they, like their painterly analogues, find the space to stage their absorbingly subversive incursions.
Quick-paced and absorbingly believable readers may expect to catch more about Shiloh's efforts on the evening news.
Of course, everyone acknowledges that the individual tales tease the mind absorbingly in the resonant focus they achieve on motifs such as flood, theft of flour, marital 'debt'.
Open the book at any of its 62 chapters and you will find absorbingly written and carefully documented sections on eg: the early dissemination of popular novels, the vogue for the waltz, the development of copyright legislation or the emergence of photography, film or the strip cartoon or TV talk show.
Joanna Trollope's novel is brought absorbingly to life in David Taylor's production of his own adaptation.
And it's the consequences of that life-changing moment which carry the musical through to its absorbingly climatic conclusion.
The pub's regulars, while retailing their stories absorbingly, distance themselves, dismissing the stories as a kind of local color, "an ould cod." Ironically, the character whose experience of the paranormal is most heartfelt and disturbing is not one of the countrymen, with their colorful turns of phrase and old-fashioned ways, but a young woman down from Dublin, taking a break from her yuppie life to recover from a painful personal episode.
But Insatiability is more absorbingly a sendup of Polish society, the last bulwark against world communism, as it counts down to the deluge.
In this biography of Walter de la Mare, Theresa Whistler has written a book of rare sensitivity and perception and one which is absorbingly interesting.