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 Dictionary entry overview: What does absorbed mean? 

ABSORBED (adjective)
  The adjective ABSORBED has 3 senses:

1. giving or marked by complete attention to
2. retained without reflection
3. taken in through the pores of a surface

  Familiarity information: ABSORBED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ABSORBED (adjective)

Sense 1absorbed [BACK TO TOP]


Giving or marked by complete attention to


absorbed; engrossed; intent; captive; wrapped; enwrapped

Context examples:

that engrossed look or rapt delight / then wrapped in dreams / so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred / rapt with wonder / wrapped in thought


attentive ((often followed by 'to') giving care or attention)

Sense 2absorbed [BACK TO TOP]


Retained without reflection

Context example:

the absorbed light intensity


unreflected ((especially of incident sound or light) not turned back by physical reflection)

Sense 3absorbed [BACK TO TOP]


Taken in through the pores of a surface

Context example:

the absorbed water expanded the sponge


absorbable (capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface)

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