See also: Assimilation
assimilation (plural assimilations)
- The act of assimilating or the state of being assimilated.
1797, An English Lady, A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795,:
- --France swarms with Gracchus's and Publicolas, who by imaginary assimilations of acts, which a change of manners has rendered different, fancy themselves more than equal to their prototypes.
1996 January 26, Bertha Husband, “Double Identity”, in Chicago Reader:
- His work generally is full of assimilations and quotations from art that is not Mexican, and he's said, "Nationalism has nothing to do with my work.
- The metabolic conversion of nutrients into tissue.
1908, Washington Gladden, The Church and Modern Life:
- We have great need to be careful in these assimilations; some kinds of food are rich but not easily digested.
- (by extension) The absorption of new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
- (phonology) A sound change process by which the phonetics of a speech segment becomes more like that of another segment in a word (or at a word boundary), so that a change of phoneme occurs.
- (sociology, cultural studies) The adoption, by a minority group, of the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture.
act or state
absorption of new ideas
phonology: sound change process
adoption of dominant culture
assimilation f (plural assimilations)