Absorbent (adjective)

  1. Able to soak up liquid, light, or other substances.
  2. Having the capacity to take in and retain something, especially a large amount.

Origin:

Early 19th century: from absorb + -ent.

Examples:

  1. This sponge is very absorbent and can soak up a lot of liquid.
  2. The plant's roots are highly absorbent and can take in a lot of water.
  3. The absorbent material in the diaper keeps the baby dry.
  4. The cloth was highly absorbent and quickly dried the dish.
  5. The soil was not absorbent enough to retain the water and it drained away.
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