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.
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.