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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Assimilate  \As*sim"i*late\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  become  similar  or  like  something  else.  [R.] 
 
  2.  To  change  and  appropriate  nourishment  so  as  to  make  it  a 
  part  of  the  substance  of  the  assimilating  body. 
 
  Aliment  easily  assimilated  or  turned  into  blood. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  3.  To  be  converted  into  the  substance  of  the  assimilating 
  body;  to  become  incorporated;  as  some  kinds  of  food 
  assimilate  more  readily  than  others 
 
  I  am  a  foreign  material,  and  cannot  assimilate  with 
  the  church  of  England.  --J.  H. 
  Newman. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Assimilate  \As*sim"i*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Assimilated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Assimilating}.]  [L.  assimilatus  p.  p.  of 
  assimilare  ad  +  similare  to  make  like  similis  like  See 
  {Similar},  {Assemble},  {Assimilate}.] 
  1.  To  bring  to  a  likeness  or  to  conformity;  to  cause  a 
  resemblance  between.  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  To  assimilate  our  law  to  the  law  of  Scotland.  --John 
  Bright. 
 
  Fast  falls  a  fleecy;  the  downy  flakes  Assimilate  all 
  objects.  --Cowper. 
 
  2.  To  liken;  to  compa?e.  [R.] 
 
  3.  To  appropriate  and  transform  or  incorporate  into  the 
  substance  of  the  assimilating  body;  to  absorb  or 
  appropriate,  as  nourishment;  as  food  is  assimilated  and 
  converted  into  organic  tissue. 
 
  Hence  also  animals  and  vegetables  may  assimilate 
  their  nourishment.  --Sir  I. 
  Newton. 
 
  His  mind  had  no  power  to  assimilate  the  lessons. 
  --Merivale. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  assimilate 
  v  1:  take  up  as  of  knowledge  or  beliefs  [syn:  {absorb},  {ingest}, 
  {take  in}] 
  2:  become  similar  to  one's  environment;  "Immigrants  often  want 
  to  assimilate  quickly"  [ant:  {dissimilate}] 
  3:  make  similar  [ant:  {dissimilate}] 
  4:  take  into  solution,  as  of  gas,  light,  or  heat  [syn:  {imbibe}] 
  5:  become  similar  in  sound;  in  phonetics  [ant:  {dissimilate}] 




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