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 incorporation of digested substances from food into the tissues of an organism.
The amalgamation and modification of newly perceived information and experiences into the existing cognitive structure.
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.”
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 […]
suffering from . pertaining to : an asthmatic wheeze. a person suffering from . Contemporary Examples She had earlier offered a terse description of how her asthmatic brother had come to die. The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops Michael Daly July 23, 2014 (Police at the scene initially claimed that the asthmatic, 350-pound Garner […]
the doctrine or belief that there is no God. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings. Contemporary Examples Just as no unbeliever may be barred from federal service for his atheism, no true believer may be excluded for his abiding faith. The Constitution and the Candidates: Race, Religion, Romney, and Ryan Akhil […]
a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings. Contemporary Examples Louisiana pastor Jerry DeWitt unexpectedly became an atheist celebrity when he lost his faith. Atheist Ex-Pastor Jerry DeWitt’s Mission to Red America David Masciotra November 16, 2013 An apostate and an atheist, she has rejected Islam as her personal […]
pertaining to or characteristic of or ; containing, suggesting, or disseminating : atheistic literature; atheistic people. Contemporary Examples Congress established prayer day in 1952, at a time when Americans lived in fear of “atheistic Communism” and nuclear Armageddon. The Pentagon Prayer Fight James Carroll April 23, 2010 They had Ph.D. degrees from some German school, […]