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Transitive verb. From prefix ad-: toward, to; and root śrb : west Semitic, to drink; latin sorbēre, to suck. To take up by accumulation (of gases, liquids, or solutes) on the surface of a solid or liquid. Other forms: ad·sorb'er – Noun; ad·sorb'a·bil'i·ty – Noun; ad·sorb'a·ble – Adjective; ad·sorb'ed·ly – Adverb; ad·sorb'ing·ly – Adverb.