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Noun: assimilation  u,si-mu'ley-shun
  1. The state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
  2. The social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
    - absorption
  3. The process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
    - absorption
  4. A linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  5. The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
    - acculturation
  6. In the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

Derived forms: assimilations

Type of: biological process, developmental learning, education, linguistic process, organic process, relationship, social process

Encyclopedia: Assimilation