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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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With Fat Absorb, losing weight is simply sticking to the schedule of taking a couple of capsules 20 minutes before lunch and dinner.
By varying the size of the quantum dots, the researchers tuned the particles to absorb different parts of the infrared spectrum.
Denson also keeps his appearance crisp with a cotton undershirt beneath dress shirts and polo shirts to absorb moisture, applies sunscreen so he won't have a sunburned face, and wears sunglasses to protect his eyes.
Zinc sulfide atoms on the watch face absorb the extra energy, then release it instantly in a blue-green luminescent glow.
Tuning the lasers to produce light in a particular window of the mid-IR spectrum and recording the colors (wavelengths) that the atmosphere absorbs makes it very easy to obtain direct information on the concentration of different gases that are present, a boon to climate researchers who are accustomed to making limited or painstaking measurements of the upper atmosphere's crucial chemistry.
When exposed to sunlight, the nanostructured film absorbs UV and blue light.
Red, blue, and green pigments are unusual for having this property--they completely absorb two of the primary colors while reflecting only one.
When the concentration of dissolved substances goes up, it becomes more difficult for a liquid to absorb a gas, says Karl.
According to the team, the planet absorbs so much radiation because it has a bloated atmosphere that's more than twice as high as the radius of HD209458b.
Like the synthetics, ferulic acid absorbs skin-damaging ultraviolet light.
ENVIROLIZER absorbs plant food and moisture, maintaining a consistent level longer than potting mixes.
With more sunlight hitting the northerly regions, highly reflective layers of nitrogen frost may have evaporated and left behind darker material that absorbs more heat from the sun.
The skimmer product line includes the Smart Sponge Passive Skimmer, which absorbs and encapsulates hydrocarbons by floating directly on the water in stormwater catch basins, sumps and oil/water separators; the Smart Sponge Bilge Skimmer, which eliminates petroleum hydrocarbon contamination from boats and allows the boater to discharge clean water from the bilge pump into marina receiving waters; and the Smart Sponge Line Skimmer Series, which skims the water surface in non-confined flow areas.
However, at millions more wavelengths, water vapor absorbs light too weakly to be gauged.