- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈzɔː.bɪŋ/, /əbˈsɔː.bɪŋ/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈzɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /æbˈsɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /əbˈzɔɹ.bɪŋ/, /əbˈsɔɹ.bɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)bɪŋ
- Engrossing, that sustains someone's interest. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- An absorbing pursuit.
2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
- It was a dramatic finish to an absorbing, fast-paced game but Blackburn will be deeply unhappy with referee Anthony Taylor as Nzonzi's handball was harsh.
- (statistics, of a state) Allowing a process to enter it, but not to leave it.
math: of a state
- ^ “absorbing” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.