Definition of osmose in English:


intransitive verb

[no object] literary
  • Pass by or as if by osmosis.

    ‘publishing companies osmose like amoebae into ever larger conglomerates’
    • ‘Partly because this is Found Music from adulthood, not evocative Music osmosed from childhood.’
    • ‘It didn't make you wet - it blindly ignored your clothes, especially the waterproof ones, and osmosed directly through your skin into your flesh.’
    • ‘Generally the baddies followed you through the tunnels that you dug, but sometimes they'd just osmose through the dirt straight at you, causing much panic.’
    • ‘The negative and positive ions from the sea osmose into a chilled and flowing album that reflects the soothing power of the big outdoors.’
    • ‘Fenn provides romantic interest as the stripper who seems to osmose into Marilyn Monroe at one point.’
    drain, filter, percolate, filtrate, discharge, strain, leak, separate



/ˌäzˈmōz/ /ˌɑzˈmoʊz/


Mid 19th century (as a noun in the sense ‘osmosis’): from the element common to endosmose and exosmose.