im·merse | \i-ˈmərs \
immersed; immersing

Definition of immerse 

transitive verb

1 : to plunge into something that surrounds or covers especially : to plunge or dip into a fluid

2 : engross, absorb completely immersed in his work

3 : to baptize by immersion

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Examples of immerse in a Sentence

Immerse the fabric completely in the dye. She had immersed herself in writing short stories. He immersed himself in the culture of the island.
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Former military personnel make excellent cybersecurity professionals because they’ve been immersed in security of all kinds, said Mr. Stoner. Adam Janofsky And Kim S. Nash, WSJ, "How Companies Can Bridge the Culture Gap When Hiring Ex-Military Cybersecurity Professionals," 5 July 2018 The key is that each person has his or her sense of the perfect water temperature in which to immerse. Tom Stienstra,, "Hot sun, full moon, cool water make for surreal swims," 28 June 2018 These moments, usually in the first half of a career, come when a reporter or editor is immersed in a story that at the time is all-consuming—as though history suddenly has revved its jets—and remains a frame of reference even years later. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is the 20th Anniversary of Catastrophically Bad Journalism," 23 Jan. 2018 What people want to engage with and immerse in online ... Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 2018 Together, the team worked tirelessly, their efforts culminating in a bleary all-nighter as the squids were finally drained of the last of the formalin and immersed in a new experimental preservative just weeks before the hall’s grand opening. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 Among those who follow international soccer, whether traveling abroad or immersed in the weekend telecasts, the United States will not be missed at the World Cup, which begins Thursday in Russia. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018 Deborah Rice, 70, of Marlborough, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital on April 24, 2018, immersed in the love of her family. Hartford Courant,, "Deborah Rice," 26 Apr. 2018 The best beaches in America, according to TripAdvisor Gizmodo reported in May 2017 that the best treatment is to rinse the wound with vinegar to remove the tentacles and stingers, then immerse the wound in hot water around 113 F for 45 minutes. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Don't touch these beautiful creatures on Texas beaches this warm season," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of immerse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immerse

Middle English, from Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, from in- + mergere to merge

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English Language Learners Definition of immerse

: to put (something) in a liquid so that all parts are completely covered

: to make (yourself) fully involved in some activity or interest


im·merse | \i-ˈmərs \
immersed; immersing

Kids Definition of immerse

1 : to plunge into something (as a fluid) that surrounds or covers

2 : to become completely involved with She was immersed in a good book.

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