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assimilate

(ə-sĭm′ə-lāt′)
v. assimi·lated, assimi·lating, assimi·lates
v.tr.
Physiology
a. To consume and incorporate (nutrients) into the body after digestion.
b. To transform (food) into living tissue by the process of anabolism; metabolize constructively.

as·sim′i·la′tor n.

assimilate

[əsim′əlāt]
Etymology: L, assimilare, to make alike
1 to absorb nutritive substances from the digestive tract to the circulatory system and convert them into living tissues.
2 to incorporate components of a new culture into existing values.

assimilate

(ă-sim′ĭ-lāt″) [L. assimilare, to make like, liken]
1. To absorb digested food.
2. In psychology, to absorb newly perceived information into the existing subjective conscious structure.
References in classic literature ?
At Cambridge he assimilated two of the controlling forces of his life, the moderate Puritanism of his college and Platonic idealism.
Every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearer's character, until we hesitate to lay them aside without such delay and medical appliances and some such solemnity even as our bodies.
Very likely," says the doctor: "I have known people eat in a fever; and it is very easily accounted for; because the acidity occasioned by the febrile matter may stimulate the nerves of the diaphragm, and thereby occasion a craving which will not be easily distinguishable from a natural appetite; but the aliment will not be concreted, nor assimilated into chyle, and so will corrode the vascular orifices, and thus will aggravate the febrific symptoms.
The walls of the houses were wet, the mud of the roadway glistened with an effect of phosphorescence, and when he emerged into the Strand out of a narrow street by the side of Charing Cross Station the genius of the locality assimilated him.
Had he been informed by an indisputable authority that the end of the world was to be finally accomplished by a catastrophic disturbance of the atmosphere, he would have assimilated the information under the simple idea of dirty weather, and no other, because he had no experience of cataclysms, and belief does not necessarily imply comprehension.
This was the case most nearly assimilated to the situation in which Ellen now found herself; and, with flushing cheeks and kindling eyes, the girl began to consider, and to prepare her slender means of defence.
Its old simplicity of expression got masked by a certain craftiness that assimilated even his good-humour to itself.
The statistics showed that the 1048 governmental schools have assimilated 83.
Contract notice: Collection And Transport Of Houseware And Assimilated Waste.
Though they disagree about much, he says, they all reject the idea that thinking about things can be assimilated to being merely affected by things, and the idea that acting intentionally can be assimilated to an ability to affect things.
Majid bin Ali Al-Nu'aimi revealed that the Ministry of Education has assimilated this year 119 students with special needs into government schools namely: 83 mentally incapacitated and Down Syndrome, 7 physical disability, 12 visually-impaired, 15 aural impairment and 2 autistic students under the Ministry's plan to assimilate students with special needs who are capable to study in public schools.
Clearing out old digestive matter and "feeding the fire," they allow not only food, but also life experiences to be assimilated and digested.