• WordNet 3.6
    • v assimilate become similar to one's environment "Immigrants often want to assimilate quickly"
    • v assimilate make similar "This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"
    • v assimilate become similar in sound "The nasal assimilates to the following consonant"
    • v assimilate take up mentally "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
    • v assimilate take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Assimilate 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.""His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons."
    • Assimilate 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."
    • Assimilate To become similar or like something else.
    • Assimilate To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between. "To assimilate our law to the law of Scotland.""Fast falls a fleecy; the downy flakes Assimilate all objects."
    • Assimilate 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."
    • Assimilate To liken; to compare. "Bribes may be assembled to pitch.""Like me to the peasant boys of France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assimilate To make alike; cause to resemble.
    • assimilate In philology, to render accordant, or less discordant, in sound; bring to or toward agreement in mode of utterance: said of alphabetic sounds as affected by other neighboring sounds, generally (but not always) in the same word. See assimilation, .
    • assimilate To compare; liken; class.
    • assimilate To convert into a substance suitable for absorption by an animal or vegetable system; absorb and incorporate into the system; incorporate with organic tissues: as, to assimilate food. Hence, in general, to appropriate and incorporate, as the body does food: as, such ideas cannot be assimilated by the mind.
    • assimilate To bring into conformity; adapt.
    • assimilate To conform to; make one's own; adopt.
    • assimilate To become similar; become like something or somebody else; harmonize.
    • assimilate To be taken into and incorporated with another body; be converted into the substance of another body, as food by digestion.
    • assimilate To perform the act of converting anything, as food, into the substance of that which converts it: as, “birds assimilate … less than beasts,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assimilate as-sim′il-āt to make similar or like to: to convert into a like substance, as food in our bodies (with to, with)
    • v.i Assimilate to become like, or to be incorporated in
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.”
  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.”
  • William Mckinley
    William Mckinley
    “The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.”
  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. assimilatus, p. p. of assimilare,; ad, + similare, to make like, similis, like. See Similar Assemble Assimilate


In literature:

There must be appetite, eating, digestion, and assimilation, that the word of God may impart life.
"Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians" by Charles Ebert Orr
In Asia and in Asiatic minds, there prevails an idea that knowledge can be assimilated once and for all.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
What you conceive to be desirable you will more and more assimilate yourselves to.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
It assimilates juices from without, absorbing them from the surrounding fluid.
"Psychology and Achievement" by Warren Hilton
And how far, as a matter of fact, has this assimilation gone?
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
They remain Chinese, critical of European civilization even when they have assimilated it.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
It is thus the law of adaptation and assimilation, for the home-affections.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
When an event of an entirely new order comes into experience, it takes a little time to be assimilated.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
The Norman Conquest became an assimilation in comparatively few generations.
"When William Came" by Saki
Local gods of agriculture must thus have been assimilated to Mercury.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch

In poetry:

Most fitly I'm assimilate
To various things inanimate;
A standing lake, a running flood,
A fixed star, a passing cloud.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
In them these skies and airs—these mountain peaks—Shasta—Nevadas,
These huge, precipitous cliffs—this amplitude—these valleys grand—
To be in them absorb'd, assimilated.
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Immigration, Terror And Assimilation .
Where Education and Assimilation Collide.
Companies Take Lead in Assimilation Efforts.
Correction to This Article This article on companies with programs that help immigrant workers assimilate gave an incorrect title for Myles Gladstone of Miller & Long Concrete Construction.
Assimilation with a Score.
THERE are few stranger alliances in America's culture wars than the one between nativists and multiculturalists on the subject of assimilating immigrants.
Nativists such as Pat Buchanan, a perennial presidential contender, argue that the great American assimilation machine is broken beyond repair.
Strategic management is a change process, something that is going to take time to develop, cultivate, and assimilate into your business process.
And an ability to assimilate information – including medical science – quickly.
How bagels lost their Jewish ethnicity and became the breakfast bread of Americans from Mississippi to Maine has less to do with assimilation than it does with marketing.
"To be black and proud – that's not being anti-French," says Mr Lozès, whose vision challenges France's colorblind model of assimilation.
The record book is a loose-leaf binder containing forms to record and assimilate financial and performance information.
Perhaps it's the long, cold nights, curled up under a quilt, which puts me into the right frame of mind to digest and assimilate the poet's message.
" Polk is still deciding how to fill or assimilate the role," a spokesman said.
Intermarriage, Assimilation Are Not Interchangeable.

In science:

The model solution during the first year of data assimilation experiment (1993) has been sampled with a 2-day periodicity, and a multivariate EOF analysis of the three-dimensional fields has been performed.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
A 4D-Var assimilation scheme, based on the incremental formulation of Courtier et al. (1994), has been developped for the OPA model (Weaver et al. 2003, Vialard et al. 2003).
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
The basic state-tra jectory used in the tangent linear model is regularly updated in an outer loop of the assimilation algorithm, while the iterations of the actual minimizations are performed within an inner loop.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
The observation error covariance matrices Ri depend of course of the assimilated data.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
A 4D-Var assimilation of these pseudo-observations (i.e. with full control variable δx0 , built from the state vector (u,v,T,S) in the whole space) was then performed, using an independent field xb (a solution of the model three months later) as the first guess (background field) for the minimization process.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation