Definitions for: Assimilate

[v] become similar to one's environment; "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
[v] make similar
[v] become similar in sound; in phonetics
[v] take up, as of knowledge or beliefs
[v] take into solution, as of gas, light, or heat

Webster (1913) Definition: As*sim"i*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assimilated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Assimilating.] [L. assimilatus, p. p. of
assimilare; ad + similare to make like, similis like. See
Similar, Assemble, Assimilate.]
1. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a
resemblance between. --Sir M. Hale.

To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland. --John

Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes Assimilate all
objects. --Cowper.

2. To liken; to compa?e. [R.]

3. To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the
substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or
appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and
converted into organic tissue.

Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate
their nourishment. --Sir I.

His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons.

As*sim"i*late, v. i.
1. To become similar or like something else. [R.]

2. To change and appropriate nourishment so as to make it a
part of the substance of the assimilating body.

Aliment easily assimilated or turned into blood.

3. To be converted into the substance of the assimilating
body; to become incorporated; as, some kinds of food
assimilate more readily than others.

I am a foreign material, and cannot assimilate with
the church of England. --J. H.

Synonyms: absorb, imbibe, ingest, take in

Antonyms: dissimilate

See Also: absorb, acculturate, adapt, adjust, alter, change, conform, imbibe, larn, learn

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