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Assimilation

Definition

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

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