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English verb: assimilate

1. assimilate (cognition) take up mentally

SamplesHe absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe.

Synonymsabsorb, ingest, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, larn, learn

Narrower (hyponym)imbibe

2. assimilate (change) become similar to one's environment

SamplesImmigrants often want to assimilate quickly.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something ----s to somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)adapt, adjust, conform

Narrower (hyponym)acculturate


3. assimilate (change) make similar

SamplesThis country assimilates immigrants very quickly.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


4. assimilate (contact) take (gas, light or heat) into a solution


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)absorb

5. assimilate (change) become similar in sound

SamplesThe nasal assimilates to the following consonant.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)change

Domain categoryphonetics


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