absorb
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absorb(
uhb
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zawrb
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to attract and contain)
a. absorber
They used paper towels and sponges to absorb the oil from the spill.Usaron toallas de papel y esponjas para absorber el aceite del derrame.
2. (to soften)
a. amortiguar
Since the airbags absorbed most of the shock, we weren't injured.Como las bolsas de aire amortiguaron la mayor parte del impacto, no resultamos heridos.
3. (to incorporate)
a. asimilar
Could you speak more slowly? I need more time to absorb this information.¿Podrías hablar más despacio? Necesito más tiempo para asimilar esta información.
b. absorber
When he bought the company, he absorbed all of their debt.Cuando compró la compañía, absorbió todas sus deudas.
4. (to use up)
a. absorber
Ever since he opened the new restaurant, it has been absorbing all of his time.Desde que abrió el nuevo restaurante, ha absorbido todo su tiempo.
b. consumir
We would continue according to the plan, but that would absorb all of our resources.Seguiríamos según el plan, pero eso consumiría todos nuestros recursos.
5. (to engross)
a. absorber
He was so absorbed in his book that he didn't hear us calling him.Estaba tan absorto en su libro que no nos oyó llamarlo.
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absorb
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (liquid)
a. absorber
2. (information, ideas)
a. asimilar
paperwork absorbs too much of my timepaso demasiado tiempo ocupado en papeleos
to be absorbed in somethingestar absorto(a) en algo
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absorb [əbˈzɔːb]
transitive verb
1 [+liquid] absorber; [+heat, sound, shock, vibrations, radiation] amortiguar
2 [+information] asimilar; [+time, energy] ocupar; absorber
the business absorbs most of his time el negocio absorbe or le lleva la mayor parte de su tiempo; the parent company absorbs the losses made by the subsidiary la empresa matriz absorbe las pérdidas de la filial; the country absorbed 1,000 refugees el país dio entrada a or acogió a 1.000 refugiados
3 (engross)
to be absorbed in estar absorto en; estar ensimismado con; she was absorbed in a book estaba absorta en or ensimismada con un libro; to get absorbed in centrarse or meterse de lleno en
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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