(noun) “[T]he process by which a minority individual or group takes on the characteristics of the dominant culture” (OpenStax College 2012).

Audio Pronunciation: (as·sim·i·la·tion)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: assimilations
  • To assimilate and undergo assimilation a person must adapt to new cultural patterns and behaviors until that are assimilated into society.
  • Also called absorption.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Intergroup Relationships. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (