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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Recent Examples on the Web Divers that have been stung are told to immerse their hands in water of 120 degrees to break down the poison. John Christopher Fine,, "Lionfish menace continues | Opinion," 9 Apr. 2021 Otherwise, fill the sink with cool, clear water, immerse the garment and squeeze the water through to rinse. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 Where the mothership had to very gradually immerse itself in the idea of doing more than alluding to non-work stories, SVU jumped in with both feet. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "The Nine Lives of ‘Law & Order’," 31 Mar. 2021 While the park's many cabins, campsites, and lodges immerse visitors in serene and natural splendor, houseboats, by far, promise the best seat in the house. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, "Stargaze on a Houseboat in One of America's Newest Dark-sky Parks," 30 Mar. 2021 Use an eyedropper to apply alcohol directly onto the stain or, for a larger spot, pour the alcohol into a small dish, immerse the stained area and soak for 15 minutes. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "How to Easily Remove Pen Ink From Clothes," 29 Mar. 2021 When the proposition passed, Padilla set aside engineering to immerse himself in California politics in an effort to change the state. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, "Can California’s first Latino senator break Washington’s gridlock on immigration reform?," 24 Mar. 2021 The hotel’s wellness offering and gastronomy will be complemented by experiences that immerse you in the culture and environment of the area. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, "10 Hot New Hotels Opening In Greece," 17 Mar. 2021 What the weight reduction really does is immerse the cockpit in a louder mechanical symphony. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Goes to Extremes," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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