To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices. To occupy the full attention, interest, or time of; engross. See Synonyms at monopolize. To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission. To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream. To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color\u201d ( Peter Plagen). To receive (an impulse) without echo or recoil: a fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact. To assume or pay for (a cost or costs). To endure; accommodate: couldn't absorb the additional hardships. To use up; consume: The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.