Water molecules from a high concentration to a low concentration through a selectively permeable membrane. Osmosis is the process that allows plants to absorb water. The water is absorbed through the plant's roots, where they also absorb nutrients.
Osmosis also creates pressure. This pressure can cause membranes to swell, as well as make water exert from the surface. The plants roots aren't the only things to absorb water. The cells of our body's can work as well. The water that is absorbed through osmosis is from the blood. This process is essential to our kidneys.