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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


Antonymsdissimilate

3. assimilate (change) make similar


SamplesThis country assimilates immigrants very quickly.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Antonymsdissimilate

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


Synonymsimbibe


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


Antonymsdissimilate









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