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ASSIMILATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assimilate mean? 

ASSIMILATE (verb)
  The verb ASSIMILATE has 5 senses:

1. take up mentally
2. become similar to one's environment
3. make similar
4. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
5. become similar in sound

  Familiarity information: ASSIMILATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSIMILATE (verb)


Sense 1assimilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up mentally

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

assimilate; absorb; ingest; take in

Context example:

he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe

Hypernyms (to "assimilate" is one way to...):

acquire; larn; learn (gain knowledge or skills)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "assimilate"):

imbibe (receive into the mind and retain)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2assimilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become similar to one's environment

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly

Hypernyms (to "assimilate" is one way to...):

adapt; adjust; conform (adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "assimilate"):

acculturate (assimilate culturally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something ----s to somebody
Somebody ----s PP

Antonym:

dissimilate (become dissimilar or less similar)


Sense 3assimilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make similar

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

This country assimilates immigrants very quickly

Hypernyms (to "assimilate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP

Antonym:

dissimilate (make dissimilar; cause to become less similar)


Sense 4assimilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

imbibe; assimilate

Hypernyms (to "assimilate" is one way to...):

absorb (become imbued)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5assimilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become similar in sound

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The nasal assimilates to the following consonant

Hypernyms (to "assimilate" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Domain category:

phonetics (the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Antonym:

dissimilate (become dissimilar by changing the sound qualities)


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