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Definition take in, transform, or fit in
The exact meaning of assimilate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "assimilate to a new country" — fitting into a prevailing culture
  • "assimilate the information" — transform information within the mind into understanding
  • "assimilate the food" — transform nutrients within the body for its use
  • There is a delicate balance between assimilation and loss of cultural identity.
assimilation = fitting into a prevailing culture
  • This country assimilates immigrants very quickly.
  • assimilates = takes in and transforms to fit into the prevailing culture
  • The body better assimilates vitamin supplements if they are taken with food.
  • Finally it subsided as the memories were assimilated.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • assimilated = taken in
  • That's the only way to make it in this world—to assimilate into the society in which we live.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • assimilate = fit into (become a part of by being similar to the other parts)
  • He was one of those fine, ingenuous natures which assimilate themselves easily to the dispositions of others.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • It can harmonize, assimilate, and protect the several parts and members, and extend the benefit of its foresight and precautions to each.
    Jay, John  --  Federalist Papers Authored by John Jay
  • The nasal assimilates to the following consonant
  • It would be no small business to remain herself, and yet to assimilate such an establishment.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • Their stories filled my days, and their troubles in assimilating preoccupied my evening hours.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • A silver ring fish floated by them, undulating, and closing like an iris, instantly, around food particles, to assimilate them.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Edward, the information is coming too fast, I cannot assimilate it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It will he some time before you can produce the material, much less assimilate it.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Data for assimilation, but later, later.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Other immigrants come to America looking for freedom from tyranny, acceptance by the culture, assimilation into it, this melting pot.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • I'd been off in my own thoughts, still assimilating the memories of the last couple of days.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Before Arthur was able to assimilate this the other man spoke and the word PHOUCHG appeared by his neck.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • They couldn't be assimilated; anyway, most of them prefer it here.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • Her mouth was dry as she assimilated this knowledge and she swallowed and looked into his eyes, trying to find some clue.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He ceased to work at his tooth and sat still, assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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