Antonyms of verb absorb

1 of 9 senses of absorb

Sense 6
absorb, take in -- (suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter")
       Antonym of emit (Sense 2)
      => emit, give out, give off -- (give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; "The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb absorb

9 senses of absorb

Sense 1
absorb -- (become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb")
       => sorb, take up -- (take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption)

Sense 2
absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in -- (take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe")
       => learn, larn, acquire -- (gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate")

Sense 3
absorb, take over -- (take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something")
       => fund -- (furnish money for; "The government funds basic research in many areas")

Sense 4
absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up -- (take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words")

Sense 5
absorb -- (cause to become one with; "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax")
       => blend, flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse, coalesce, meld, combine, merge -- (mix together different elements; "The colors blend well")

Sense 6
absorb, take in -- (suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter")

Sense 7
steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up -- (devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies")
       => concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet -- (direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies")

Sense 8
absorb -- (assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society")
       => receive, take in, invite -- (express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees")

Sense 9
absorb, engross, engage, occupy -- (consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely")
       => interest -- (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

Antonyms of adj absorbed

2 senses of absorbed

Sense 1
captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped -- (giving or marked by complete attention to; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought")

INDIRECT (VIA attentive) -> inattentive -- (showing a lack of attention or care; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter")

Sense 2
absorbed -- (retained without reflection; "the absorbed light intensity")

INDIRECT (VIA unreflected) -> reflected -- ((especially of incident sound or light) bent or sent back; "reflected light"; "reflected heat"; "reflected glory")

Similarity of adj absorbed

2 senses of absorbed

Sense 1
captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped -- (giving or marked by complete attention to; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought")
       => attentive (vs. inattentive) -- ((often followed by `to') giving care or attention; "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor")

Sense 2
absorbed -- (retained without reflection; "the absorbed light intensity")
       => unreflected (vs. reflected) -- ((especially of incident sound or light) not turned back by physical reflection)

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