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assimilate
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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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
  • They say there's no citizen as patriotic as the new immigrant—and there was no one who tried any harder to be "assimilated" than I tried.
    p. 466.5
  • The Toronto Anti-Draft Programme favored "assimilation into mainstream Canadian life"; they considered the Union of American Exiles "too political"—by which they meant, too activist, too militantly anti–United States.
    p. 463.2
  • The object of the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme was to get Americans "assimilated" quickly; they reasoned that we Americans should begin the process of our assimilation by dropping the subject of the United States.
    p. 463.4
  • The object of the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme was to get Americans "assimilated" quickly; they reasoned that we Americans should begin the process of our assimilation by dropping the subject of the United States.
    p. 463.4
  • Within a year of my arrival, even the Union of American Exiles showed signs of "assimilation."
    p. 463.5
  • Doesn't that sound more agreeable to the aim of "assimilation into mainstream Canadian life"?
    p. 463.5

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