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1 the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
2 the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another [syn: absorption]
3 the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion [syn: absorption]
4 a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
5 the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure [syn: acculturation]
6 in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

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  1. The act of assimilating or the state of being assimilated.
  2. The metabolic conversion of nutriments into tissue.
  3. In the context of "by extension": The absorption of new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.
  4. 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.
  5. The adoption, by a minority group, of the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture.

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Extensive Definition

Assimilation (from Latin assimilatio; "to render similar") may refer to more than one article:

See also

assimilation in Bulgarian: Асимилация
assimilation in Czech: Asimilace
assimilation in Danish: Assimilation (flertydig)
assimilation in German: Assimilation
assimilation in Esperanto: Asimilado
assimilation in French: Assimilation
assimilation in Korean: 동화 (동음이의)
assimilation in Kazakh: Ассимиляция
assimilation in Lithuanian: Asimiliacija
assimilation in Hungarian: Asszimiláció
assimilation in Dutch: Assimilatie
assimilation in Japanese: 同化
assimilation in Polish: Asymilacja
assimilation in Russian: Ассимиляция (значения)
assimilation in Simple English: Assimilation
assimilation in Slovak: Asimilácia
assimilation in Finnish: Assimilaatio
assimilation in Swedish: Assimilation
assimilation in Ukrainian: Асиміляція

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