A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to sop up)
a. to absorb
Estas esponjas de mar absorben el agua muy bien.These sea sponges absorb water really well.
b. to soak up
Por favor, pásame una toalla para absorber el derrame.Please pass me a towel so that I can soak up the spill.
2. (biology)
a. to absorb
La sangre absorbe los nutrientes de la comida digerida.Blood absorbs nutrients from digested food.
3. (to consume)
a. to absorb
Desde su ascenso, su trabajo ha absorbido todo su tiempo y apenas puede pasar ni un minuto con su familia.Ever since his promotion, his job has absorbed all of his time and he can barely spend a minute with his family.
b. to take up
Mis pasatiempos absorben la mayoría de mi tiempo libre, pero los disfruto mucho.My hobbies take up most of my free time, but I enjoy them immensely.
c. to use up
Este proceso de producción absorbe muchos recursos y es lento e ineficiente.This production process uses up many resources and is slow and inefficient.
4. (finance)
a. to take over
Nuestra empresa absorbió a Industria Sánchez, una fábrica textil.Our company took over Industria Sanchez, a textile factory.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to concentrate; used with "en")
a. to become engrossed in
Me absorbí en la música y comencé a bailar.I became engrossed in the music and started dancing.
b. to become absorbed in
Me absorbí en la novela y me olvidé del mundo exterior.I became absorbed in the novel and forgot about the outside world.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (líquido, gas)
a. to absorb
esta aspiradora no absorbe el polvo muy bienthis vacuum doesn't pick up dust very well
esta crema se absorbe muy bienthis cream works into the skin very well
2. (consumir)
a. to take up, to soak up
esta tarea absorbe mucho tiempothis task takes up a lot of time
3. (atraer, dominar)
este trabajo me absorbe muchothis job takes up a lot of my time
su mujer le absorbe muchohis wife is very demanding
la televisión los absorbetelevision dominates their lives
4. (empresa)
a. to absorb by merger
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transitive verb
1 [+líquido] to absorb; soak up
2 [+información] to absorb; take in; [+recursos] to use up; [+energías] to take up; [+atención] to command
pronominal verb
absorberse en to become absorbed o engrossed in
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