[uh-sim-uh-ley-shuh n] /əˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən/
the act or process of , or of absorbing information, experiences, etc.:
the need for quick assimilation of the facts.
the state or condition of being , or of being absorbed into something.
the process of adapting or adjusting to the culture of a group or nation, or the state of being so adapted:
assimilation of immigrants into American life.
Physiology. the conversion of absorbed food into the substance of the body.
Botany. the total process of plant nutrition, including photosynthesis and the absorption of raw materials.
Sociology. the merging of cultural traits from previously distinct cultural groups, not involving biological amalgamation.
Phonetics. the act or process by which a sound becomes identical with or similar to a neighboring sound in one or more defining characteristics, as place of articulation, voice or voicelessness, or manner of articulation, as in
[gram-pah] /ˈgræm pɑ/ (Show IPA) for grandpa.
Compare (def 2).
early 15c., “act of assimilating,” from Old French assimilacion, from Latin assimilationem (nominative assimilatio) “likeness, similarity,” noun of action from past participle stem of assimilare (see assimilate). Psychological sense is from 1855.
assimilation as·sim·i·la·tion (ə-sĭm’ə-lā’shən)
The conversion of nutrients into living tissue; constructive metabolism.
The process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group: “Waves of immigrants have been assimilated into the American culture.”
[verb uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-; noun, adjective, uh-soh-shee-it, -eyt, -see-] /verb əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-; noun, adjective, əˈsoʊ ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt, -si-/ verb (used with object), associated, associating. 1. to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.: Many people associate dark clouds with depression and gloom. 2. to join as a companion, partner, or ally: […]
[uh-soh-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/ noun 1. an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure. 2. the act of or state of being . 3. friendship; companionship: Their close association did not last long. 4. connection or combination. 5. the connection or relation of ideas, feelings, sensations, etc.; […]
[uh-suhmp-tiv] /əˈsʌmp tɪv/ adjective 1. taken for granted. 2. characterized by : an assumptive statement. 3. . adj. early 15c., from Latin assumptivus, from assumpt-, past participle stem of assumere (see assume) + -ive.
[uh-strin-juh nt] /əˈstrɪn dʒənt/ adjective 1. Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic. 2. harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism. 3. stern or severe; austere. 4. sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit. noun 5. Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood. 6. a cosmetic that cleans […]