1. the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure

    Synonyms : acculturation
    Type Of : education
  2. the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

    Synonyms : absorption
    Type Of : social process
  3. the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

    Synonyms : absorption
    Type Of : organic process, biological process
  4. a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound

    Type Of : linguistic process
  5. in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

    Type Of : developmental learning
  6. the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

    Type Of : relationship


  1. hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable

    Synonyms : brinjal, eggplant, eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, solanum melongena
    Type Of : herb, herbaceous plant
  2. egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow

    Synonyms : eggplant, mad apple
    Type Of : solanaceous vegetable


  1. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

    Synonyms : antipathetic, antipathetical, indisposed, loath, loth
    Examples :
    • averse to taking risks


  1. a positive feeling of liking

    Synonyms : affectionateness, fondness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
    Type Of : feeling
    Examples :
    • he had trouble expressing the affection he felt


  1. highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

    Synonyms : beguiling, enticing, tempting
    Examples :
    • an alluring prospect
    • her alluring smile


  1. having a strong pleasant odor

    Synonyms : redolent
  2. (chemistry) of or relating to or containing one or more benzene rings

    Examples :
    • an aromatic organic compound


  1. at all times; all the time and on every occasion

    Synonyms : e'er, ever
    Examples :
    • I will always be there to help you
    • always arrives on time
    • there is always some pollution in the air
  2. without interruption

    Synonyms : constantly, forever, incessantly, perpetually
  3. without variation or change, in every case

    Synonyms : constantly, invariably
    Examples :
    • he always arrives on time


  1. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

    Synonyms : genuine, literal, real
    Examples :
    • her actual motive
  2. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

    Synonyms : existent
    Antonyms : potential
    Examples :
    • the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different
    • actual and imagined conditions
  3. existing in act or fact

    Synonyms : factual
    Examples :
    • rocks and trees...the actual world
    • actual heroism
    • the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced
  4. being or existing at the present moment

    Examples :
    • the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West
  5. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

    Examples :
    • we saw the actual wedding on television
    • filmed the actual beating


  1. given out in portions

    Synonyms : dealt out, doled out, meted out, parceled out


  1. distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

    Synonyms : apportion
    Type Of : assign, portion, allot