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absorbing (adj.)

1670s, "soaking up, swallowing," present-participle adjective in a figurative sense from absorb (v.). Originally in medicine. Figurative sense of "engrossing" is by 1826. Related: Absorbingly.

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Definitions of absorbing

absorbing (adj.)
capable of arousing and holding the attention;
Synonyms: engrossing / fascinating / gripping / riveting
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