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EtymologyEdit

absorb +‎ -ing

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈzɔː.bɪŋ/, /əbˈsɔː.bɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈzɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /æbˈsɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /əbˈzɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /əbˈsɔɹ.bɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)bɪŋ

AdjectiveEdit

absorbing (comparative more absorbing, superlative most absorbing)

  1. Engrossing, that sustains someone's interest. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    An absorbing pursuit.
    • 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      It was a dramatic finish to an absorbing, fast-paced game but Blackburn will be deeply unhappy with referee Anthony Taylor as Nzonzi's handball was harsh.
  2. (statistics, of a state) Allowing a process to enter it, but not to leave it.

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VerbEdit

absorbing

  1. present participle of absorb

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “absorbing” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 9.