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ASSIMILATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assimilation mean? 

ASSIMILATION (noun)
  The noun ASSIMILATION has 6 senses:

1. the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
2. the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
3. the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
4. a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
5. the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
6. in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

  Familiarity information: ASSIMILATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSIMILATION (noun)


Sense 1assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

relationship (a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries)


Sense 2assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

assimilation; absorption

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

social process (a process involved in the formation of groups of persons)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assimilation"):

Americanisation; Americanization (assimilation into American culture)

Anglicisation; Anglicization (the act of anglicizing; making English in appearance)

Europeanisation; Europeanization (assimilation into European culture)

Westernisation; Westernization (assimilation of Western culture; the social process of becoming familiar with or converting to the customs and practices of Western civilization)


Sense 3assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

assimilation; absorption

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assimilation"):

anabolism; constructive metabolism (the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy)

malabsorption (abnormal absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract)


Sense 4assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

linguistic process (a process involved in human language)


Sense 5assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

acculturation; assimilation

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

education (the gradual process of acquiring knowledge)


Sense 6assimilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("assimilation" is a kind of...):

developmental learning (learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development)


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