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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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Lead researcher and author of a new paper on the plant, Professor Edwino Fernando, says the leaves of Rinorea niccolifera can absorb as much as 18,000 parts per million of the silvery-white metal -- that's up to 1,000 times more nickel than can safely be stored in most other plants.
That means water that has already absorbed some CO<sub>2 </sub>will be moved by currents and water with less CO<sub>2 </sub>will come to the surface.
Fat Absorb is the result of an extensive research that has led to the development of this effective and all-natural weight loss solution.
3 : to receive without giving back <The walls of the theater absorb sound.>
As for food and water contamination, aluminum probably isn't much of a threat because most of it passes right through the intestines without being absorbed.
The five-storied pagoda on the grounds of the Horyuji Temple in Nara, believed to be the oldest wooden building in the world, built in the sixth century, is designed to absorb shocks, with the central pillar swinging like a long pendulum, explains Banta.
After a carnivorous plant has captured its prey, it dissolves the meal to absorb nutrients.
To reach a balanced market with an availability rate of 10%, approximately 10,000,000 square feet must be absorbed. What is the office employment growth necessary to achieve 10% vacancy and a balanced market?
The absorbing layer of foam absorbs the acoustic energy, and the barrier layer prevents any remaining noise from passing through the sheet metal cover.
The plastic they are made from blocks a significant amount of UVR (glass absorbs less), and special clear chemicals are usually added when the lenses are made in order to absorb additional radiation.
Reporting in the February Nature Materials, Ted Sargent of the University of Toronto and his colleagues describe a new polymer material that absorbs infrared thanks to semiconducting nanoparticles called quantum dots (SN: 2/15/03,p.
Secondly, not every new office job absorbs space at the same ratio.
Black absorbs sunshine and gets hot; white reflects it and is cooler.
In the process, the microbes produce methane gas (which the cow releases by belching) and vital nutrients (which the cow absorbs).
Titanium dioxide is great at splitting water, but it absorbs only ultraviolet (UV) light, which constitutes a scant few percent of the solar energy reaching Earth's surface.