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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.
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Counselors-in-training in the dependency stage may over assimilate information received from clients; fitting most information received into preconceived notions about the client's condition.
Larson and Whitham (1991) showed that aphid-induced galls may compete for assimilates with plant sinks such as flowers and fruits.
There fore we can conclude that remobilization and translocation of assimilates have main role in the Grain yield.
He argues in his opening chapter that viewing whites as a future minority not only assumes that all minorities share the same social position, it also "discounts the ability" of non-black minority groups to assimilate into the white majority.
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Surrealism or sur-realite ('superior reality') became a powerful means of revealing the unconscious, as practiced in Freudian psychoanalysis, of the colonized, who had suppressed their identification with Africa to assimilate into Frenchness.
Non-Indian readers, he affirms, need to be familiar with Indian mythology and conventions and understand the pressures they feel to assimilate.
Keenly aware of the dilemma facing Jewish artists who failed to assimilate to dominant culture and aesthetics, Segall in effect overcompensated; where we see sometimes dramatic evolutions in the oeuvres of many of his contemporaries, we see in Segall's almost a cacophony of styles, abrupt shifts that seem to come more from his surroundings than from his own developments.
Most Americans, both those who favor and those who oppose assimilation, believe that for immigrants to assimilate, they must abandon their original cultural attributes and conform entirely to the behaviors and customs of the majority of the native-born population.
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While no agency officially tracks the phenomenon, groups working in immigrant communities around Los Angeles can point to a handful of foreigners who assimilate by learning the dominant language - and sometimes it isn't English.
Wilson recognizes the antithetical influences that define African Americans--the impulse to assimilate into white culture and the impetus to extricate and maintain a distinct black culture.