Assimilate

Definition of Assimilate

As`sim´i`late
v. t.1.To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.
[imp. & p. p. Assimilated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Assimilating ( ).]
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.
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.
v. i.1.To become similar or like something else.
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.

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