absolve, v. 1. forgive, excuse, shrive, make allowances for; condone, overlook, disregard, ignore, pay no attention to; acquit, exculpate, clear, prove innocent, uphold innocence, remove guilt; pardon, amnesty, remit, respite, reprieve, grant a stay of execution; exonerate, warrant, justify, vindicate, right.
2. liberate, emancipate, free, set free, let go, let out, deliver, ransom, Both Theol.
save, redeem; loose, loosen, disenthrall, unbind, untie, unfetter, unshackle, unchain, unhandcuff, unbridle, unyoke, unmuzzle, Archaic, untruss; release, discharge, let off, dismiss, Inf.let off the hook; exempt, dispense with, except, exclude, Rom. Cath. Ch.
absorb, v. 1. suck up, draw up orin, take up orin, osmose; drink up orin, imbibe; sponge, sponge up, soak up, blot up, sop up; Physical Chem.
adsorb, gather orgather in.
2. consume, devour, swallow up, digest, engorge, eat up, gobble up; incorporate, assimilate, appropriate, embody, co-opt; engulf, inundate, deluge, swamp, submerge; destroy, overwhelm, whelm, overcome.
3. mesmerize, hypnotize, fix, arrest, rivet, fascinate, enwrap, enthrall, grip, hold, hold spellbound, SI.grab; preoccupy, occupy orseize the mind, engross or engage wholly.
4. (all of a person's time)
occupy, fill, fill up, take up, use up; monopolize, tie up.
5. understand, comprehend, apprehend, conceive, Scot.
ken, fathom, follow, SI.dig, SI.savvy; grasp, seize, get the idea, Inf.get the picture, Inf.get the drift, SI.get, Inf.catch on; master, learn; utilize, put to use, make use of, employ.
6. pay for, meet orcover the cost, bear the expense or cost, pay the bill, Inf.foot the bill.
absorbed, adj.1. rapt, engrossed, immersed, lost in, buried, deep into [s.t.], wrapped up, Inf.into [s.t.]; busy, involved, engaged, occupied, employed; concentrating, focusing, pensive, cerebrational, thoughtful, thinking, lost in thought, bemused, musing, Archaic. museful; meditative, meditating, contemplative, contemplating, cogitative, cogitating, reflective, reflecting.
2. preoccupied, obsessed, SI.hung up; distracted, diverted, distrait; oblivious, absent-minded.
absorbent, adj.porous, spongy, spongiose, Rare. spongious, permeable, pervious; retentive, absorptive, Physical Chem.
adsorbent; thirsty, bibbing, bibulous, imbibitory; recipient, receptive, assimilative, digestive; soaking, blotting, sponging, absorbing, sorbefacient, imbibing; resorbent.
absorbing, adj.1. fascinating, captivating, spellbinding, exciting, riveting; interesting, winning, pleasing, engaging, charming, amusing, entertaining, occupying, diverting, distracting; attention-getting, arresting, attracting.
2. preoccupying, obsession, obsessive, monopolizing; engrossing, immersing, enwrapping, deep.
absorption, n.1. sucking up, drawing up orin, taking up orin, osmosis; drinking up orin, imbibition; sponging, sponging up, soaking up, blotting up, sopping up; digestion, ingestion, ingurgitation; Physical Chem.