- Able to soak up liquid, light, or other substances.
- Having the capacity to take in and retain something, especially a large amount.
Early 19th century: from absorb + -ent.
- This sponge is very absorbent and can soak up a lot of liquid.
- The plant's roots are highly absorbent and can take in a lot of water.
- The absorbent material in the diaper keeps the baby dry.
- The cloth was highly absorbent and quickly dried the dish.
- The soil was not absorbent enough to retain the water and it drained away.