Absorb vs Accompany - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between absorb and accompany

is that absorb is to accept or purchase in quantity while accompany is to supplement with; add to.

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between absorb and accompany

is that absorb is (obsolete) to engulf, as in water; to swallow up while accompany is (obsolete) to cohabit with; to coexist with; occur with.

As verbs the difference between absorb and accompany

is that absorb is to include so that it no longer has separate existence; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to incorporate; to assimilate; to take in and use up
while accompany is to go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.

absorb

English

Verb

  • To include so that it no longer has separate existence; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to incorporate; to assimilate; to take in and use up.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion.
  • (obsolete) To engulf, as in water; to swallow up.
  • *
  • To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body; to chemically take in.
  • (transitive, physics, chemistry) To take in energy and convert it, as
  • # (physics) in receiving a physical impact or vibration without recoil.
  • # (physics) in receiving sound energy without repercussion or echo.
  • # (physics) taking in radiant energy and converting it to a different form of energy, like heat.
  • Heat, light, and electricity are absorbed in the substances into which they pass.
  • To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or in the pursuit of wealth.
  • To occupy or consume time.
  • Assimilate mentally.
  • (business) To assume or pay for as part of a commercial transaction.
  • To defray the costs.
  • To accept or purchase in quantity.
  • Synonyms

    * (to include so that it no longer has separate existence) assimilate, engulf, incorporate, swallow up, overwhelm * (to suck up or drink in) draw, drink in, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, steep, take in, take up * (to consume completely) use up * (to occupy fully) engage, engross, immerse, monopolize, occupy * assume, bear, pay for to take in

    Antonyms

    * emit

    Derived terms

    * absorption * absorbable * absorbability

    References

    Anagrams

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    See also

    * adsorb

    accompany

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.
  • * 1804 :
  • The Persian dames, […] / In sumptuous cars, accompanied his march.
  • * 1581 , (Philip Sidney), An Apology of Poetry, or a Defense of Poesy , Book I:
  • They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
  • * 1979 , (Thomas Babington Macaulay), The History of England :
  • He was accompanied by two carts filled with wounded rebels.
  • To supplement with; add to.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.}}
  • (senseid)(music) To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.
  • (music) To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument.
  • (obsolete) To associate in a company; to keep company.
  • * (rfdate) Holland:
  • Men say that they will drive away one another, […] and not accompany together.
  • (obsolete) To cohabit (with).
  • (obsolete) To cohabit with; to coexist with; occur with.
  • (the obsolete cases)

    Usage notes

    (to go with) Persons are said to be accompanied by', and inanimate objects, state or condition is said to be accompanied ' with .
    Synonyms
    * (go with) attend, escort, go with :* We accompany those with whom we go as companions. The word imports an equality of station. :* We attend those whom we wait upon or follow. The word conveys an idea of subordination . :* We escort those whom we attend with a view to guard and protect . :*: A gentleman accompanies' a friend to some public place; he '''attends''' or ' escorts a lady.