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Definition of Assimilation

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act or state of being incorporated into; absorption into the cultural tradition of another group (esp. a minority group into the predominant culture); process by which nourishment is absorbed into the body and converted (i.e. into tissue or energy, etc.); linguistic process in which one sound changes to be like an adjoining sound
Assimilation Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The conversion of nutriment into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption, whether in plants or animals.
  
(n.)
The act or process of assimilating or bringing to a resemblance, likeness, or identity; also, the state of being so assimilated; as, the assimilation of one sound to another.
  
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assimilation
see under photosynthesis
assimilation
\as*sim`i*la"tion\ (&?;), n. [l. assimilatio: cf. f. assimilation.]
1. the act or process of assimilating or bringing to a resemblance, likeness, or identity; also, the state of being so assimilated; as, the assimilation of one sound to another. to aspire to an assimilation with god. h. more. the assimilation of gases and vapors. herschel.
2. (physiol.) the conversion of nutriment into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption, whether in plants or animals. not conversing the body, not repairing it by assimilation, but preserving it by ventilation. t. browne.
note: the term assimilation has been limited by some to the final process by which the nutritive matter of the blood is converted into the substance of the tissues and organs.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
(hypernym) relationship
(derivation) assimilate
2. the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
(synonym) absorption
(hypernym) social process
(hyponym) Americanization, Americanisation
(derivation) assimilate
3. the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
(synonym) absorption
(hypernym) organic process, biological process
(hyponym) malabsorption
(derivation) assimilate, imbibe
4. a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
(hypernym) linguistic process
(derivation) assimilate
5. the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
(synonym) acculturation
(hypernym) education
(derivation) absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
6. in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
(hypernym) developmental learning
(derivation) absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
Assimilation Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
The public absorption of a new issue of stocks once the stock has been completely sold by underwriter. See: Absorbed.
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Assimilation Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
A minority group's internalization of the values and norms of the dominant culture.
Assimilation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Assimilation may refer to:
  • Assimilation (linguistics), a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  • Cultural assimilation, the process whereby a minority group gradually adapts to the customs and attitudes of the prevailing culture and customs
    • Assimilation (sociology), the blending or fusing of minority groups into the dominant society
    • language assimilation, the progressive process whereby a speech community of a language shifts to speaking another language
    • Americanization (of Native Americans), cultural assimilation of Native Americans in the United States
    • Jewish assimilation
  • Assimilation (biology) the conversion of nutrient into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption
  • Assimilation (meteorology), the process of objectively adapting the model state (of a numerical weather prediction model) to observations in a statistical optimal way taking into account model and observation errors
  • Assimilation (psychology), incorporation of new concepts into existing schemes
  • Assimilation effect, a frequently observed bias in social cognition
  • Assimilation (album), a 2001 album by Deliverance
  • Assimilation (French colonial), an ideological basis of French colonial policy in the 19th and 20th centuries

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Assimilation Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
Where an ethnic group loses distinctiveness and becomes absorbed into a majority culture.
EPA Terms of Environment
The ability of a body of water to purify itself of pollutants.
Provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The ability of water to purify itself of pollutants.
Assimilation Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
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Assimilation Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
noun
action of assimilating food substances