[ uh-sim-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ əˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən /


Origin of assimilation

First recorded in 1595–1605, assimilation is from the Latin word assimilātiōn- (stem of assimilātiō). See assimilate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM assimilation

an·ti·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun, adjective non·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun re·as·sim·i·la·tion, noun

Example sentences from the Web for assimilation

Medical definitions for assimilation

[ ə-sĭm′ə-lāshən ]


The incorporation of digested substances from food into the tissues of an organism.
The amalgamation and modification of newly perceived information and experiences into the existing cognitive structure.

Scientific definitions for assimilation

[ ə-sĭm′ə-lāshən ]

The conversion of nutrients into living tissue; constructive metabolism.

Cultural definitions for assimilation


The process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group: “Waves of immigrants have been assimilated into the American culture.”