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assimilate (verb) able to think, understand and accept new ideas; digest or absorb into a system; accept or absorb into a community.

To assimilate (new ideas, etc.,) is to think clearly about them, understand them, and use them. It takes time for people to assimilate certain facts, especially if the facts happen to be different from what they believe. That is, people need time to accept facts, and to understand that what they believe are not facts. Any society, by and large, finds it difficult to accept new trends. That is, it is difficult for a society to assimilate new trends. To digest food is also to assimilate. Babies cannot assimilate strong foods. This means that babies cannot digest strong foods. For a person to become a part of a community and to be accepted by the community as its member is to be assimilated into the community. For example, a foreigner arriving in a country with the idea of settling there will find it difficult to assimilate, that is, to mix freely with the people there. Similarly, for a community, to absorb strangers is to assimilate them.

  • Nelson is a die-hard conservative so he takes a lot of time and needs a lot of persuasion to assimilate anything new.
  • The US is a shining example of a country assimilating large groups of immigrants of vastly different races from different countries with different cultures.
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