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Verb: assimilate  u'si-mu,leyt
  1. Take up mentally
    "he assimilated the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe";
    - absorb, ingest, take in
     
  2. Become similar to one's environment
    "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
     
  3. Make similar
    "This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"
     
  4. Take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
    - imbibe
     
  5. (phonetics) become similar in sound
    "The nasal assimilates to the following consonant"

Derived forms: assimilated, assimilating, assimilates

Type of: absorb, acquire, adapt, adjust, alter, change, conform, larn, learn, modify

Antonym: dissimilate

Encyclopedia: Assimilate