Crossword Genius

Take in first two letters before brothers turn up (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

absorb

'take in' is the definition.
(synonyms)

'first two letters before brothers turn up' is the wordplay.
'first two letters' becomes 'AB' (first two letters of the alphabet).
'before' says to put letters next to each other.
'brothers' becomes 'bros'.
'turn up' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'bros' written backwards gives 'sorb'.
'ab'+'sorb'='ABSORB'

(Other definitions for absorb that I've seen before include "Suck up, as a sponge" , "Take or drink in" , "Assimilate or soak up" , "Assimilate, integrate" , "Understand" .)

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