AskDefine | Define assimilate

Dictionary Definition



1 take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe" [syn: absorb, ingest, take in]
2 become similar to one's environment; "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly" [ant: dissimilate]
3 make similar; "This country assimilates immigrants very quickly" [ant: dissimilate]
4 take (gas, light or heat) into a solution [syn: imbibe]
5 become similar in sound; "The nasal assimialates to the following consonant" [ant: dissimilate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
  2. To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.
  3. To absorb a group of people into a community.
  4. To compare something to another similar one.


to incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion
to incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind
to absorb a group of people into a community
to compare something to another similar one
Translations to be checked



  1. Second person plural present tense of assimilare.
  2. Second person plural imperative of assimilare.

Extensive Definition

Assimilation (from Latin assimilatio; "to render similar") may refer to more than one article:

See also

assimilate in Bulgarian: Асимилация
assimilate in Czech: Asimilace
assimilate in Danish: Assimilation (flertydig)
assimilate in German: Assimilation
assimilate in Esperanto: Asimilado
assimilate in French: Assimilation
assimilate in Korean: 동화 (동음이의)
assimilate in Kazakh: Ассимиляция
assimilate in Lithuanian: Asimiliacija
assimilate in Hungarian: Asszimiláció
assimilate in Dutch: Assimilatie
assimilate in Japanese: 同化
assimilate in Polish: Asymilacja
assimilate in Russian: Ассимиляция (значения)
assimilate in Simple English: Assimilation
assimilate in Slovak: Asimilácia
assimilate in Finnish: Assimilaatio
assimilate in Swedish: Assimilation
assimilate in Ukrainian: Асиміляція

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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