Meaning of assimilation in English:


Pronunciation /əsɪmɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas.

    ‘the assimilation of the knowledge of the Greeks’
    • ‘Despite his early assimilation of modernist methods, he has long been underappreciated.’
    • ‘The system is designed to enable the rapid and/or accurate assimilation of complex information in the undersea battle space.’
    • ‘The earlier that students are introduced to the software development process, the smoother the assimilation of this body of knowledge will be.’
    • ‘His knowledge came from assimilation and practical application, allegedly made easier by his aristocratic heritage.’
    • ‘Many who become generals have only one nonoperational assignment, which allows little time for reflection and assimilation of skills.’
    • ‘Concise text would reduce strain on military communications and greatly speed the assimilation of information.’
    • ‘Our powers of assimilation are greater than we know.’
    • ‘One section is devoted to the assimilation and exploration of the philosophical and scientific heritage of late antiquity.’
    • ‘The assimilation of knowledge always occurs within a definite dynamic.’
    • ‘Participation aids concentration, retention, and assimilation of ideas.’
    1. 1.1The absorption and integration of people, ideas, or culture into a wider society or culture.
      ‘the assimilation of Italians into American society’
      • ‘Similarly, Jones defies an easy assimilation into civilian society.’
      • ‘There is nothing new about the assimilation of elements of popular culture into the fine arts.’
      • ‘Assimilation was a process of monitoring non-indigenous lives using non-indigenous benchmarks.’
      • ‘It is said that the forced assimilation of native people to European-American values caused the degradation of Native American art.’
      • ‘The movie is about cultural differences and the difficulties of assimilation.’
      • Spanglish appears to confront immigrant fear and the compromises of assimilation.’
      • ‘Asylum seekers could enhance their image by accepting the necessity of certain cultural and linguistic assimilation with the host community.’
      • ‘One interesting case is the assimilation of foreign cultures that took place in insular Southeast Asia.’
      • ‘In the new country, the former colonizer's country, a new cycle of forced and voluntary assimilation started all over again.’
      • ‘This paved the way for multiculturalism, undermining the relevance of assimilation for many new immigrants.’
  • 2The absorption and digestion of food or nutrients by the body or any biological system.

    ‘nitrate assimilation usually takes place in leaves’
    • ‘Bee pollen is used to improve digestive assimilation as well as athletic performance.’
    • ‘This results in a smaller stimulation of photosynthetic assimilation at elevated levels of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘This corresponds to the optimal distribution of leaf nitrogen that maximizes carbon assimilation and crop productivity.’
    • ‘This may result in smaller plants with a lower assimilation capacity and reduced yields.’
    • ‘Nitrate also acts as a signal to induce the expression of enzymes involved in nitrogen assimilation.’
    • ‘The nature of the grazing mayfly suggests selective feeding or assimilation of the more highly labeled algal-bacterial substance.’
    • ‘This availability of electrons represents another step in the regulation of sulfate assimilation in non-photosynthetic tissues.’
    • ‘The assimilation of proteins—the process of digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract—remains the subject of intensive research.’
    • ‘Raw foods make optimal assimilation of nutrition easy and provide pure, clean energy for the body.’
    • ‘Their approach assumed the observed, almost complete sugar assimilation to model gut function in hummingbirds.’
  • 3The process of becoming similar to something.

    ‘Watson was ready to work for the assimilation of Scots law to English law where he thought it was justified’
    • ‘What was happening here was assimilation to the English model with its directly state-run Anglican Church.’
    • ‘As Aristotle states, knowledge is an assimilation to the thing known.’
    • ‘We often see the assimilation of differing perspectives.’
    • ‘The Enlightenment was the beginning of the gradual domestication of the doctrine, and its eventual assimilation to a secular understanding.’
    • ‘In the general, abstract sense of becoming similar—that is, in respects that have to be specified—assimilation does not seem to be morally objectionable.’
    1. 3.1Phonetics The fact of a sound being made more like another in the same or next word.
      ‘when p is preceded by some Latin prefixes, it is doubled because of the assimilation of a consonant, as in 'apparent' (ad-parent)’
      • ‘there are many assimilations and elisions of consonants and vowels’
      • ‘In order to comprehend the mechanisms of assimilation, some comprehension of the production of speech sounds is needed.’
      • ‘The vowel that causes the vowel assimilation is frequently termed the trigger.’
      • ‘This may help reduce final consonant deletion, assimilation, and other phonological processes.’
      • ‘Assimilation can be anticipatory, where a sound changes to resemble a sound that follows it ('dog' becomes 'gog').’
      • ‘Vowel harmony is a subclass of assimilation.’