im·​merse | \ i-ˈmərs How to pronounce immerse (audio) \
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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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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The first known use of immerse was in the 15th century

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce immerse (audio) \
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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