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 Cielo also began to immerse herself in studying the legal complexities of his predicament, and the family sought help, retaining a pro-bono attorney from the white shoe law firm Gibson Dunn. Los Angeles Times, "A Santa Ana student’s father faced deportation. Her work to free him helped send her to Harvard," 25 Feb. 2021 From the safety of their car, visitors will be able to drive through the realistic sets based on the show, as well as realistic audio and visual effects and interactive performers, in order to immerse themselves into the story. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Drive-through 'Stranger Things' Experience Puts You Right in the Middle of the Upside Down," 17 Nov. 2020 But during Trump's presidency, Lee began to immerse himself in the online QAnon conspiracy theory. David D. Kirkpatrick, Star Tribune, "Before the Capitol riot, calls for cash and talk of revolution," 16 Jan. 2021 The 42-year-old might study the fossil record and visit archaeological sites across the Pacific Northwest, but his primary job is to immerse himself in the current customs, habits, and traditions of his tribe—then document it all. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Q&A with a Tribal Hunter on Storytelling, Taking Photos of Game, and Hunting Traditions," 9 Nov. 2020 Companies must understand that the number one goal of health tech, unlike other tech, is not to engage and immerse patients in their phones but to support and embolden them in their real lives. Payal Marathe, STAT, "The mental health dilemma: If technology is the problem, can it also be the solution?," 8 Dec. 2020 For those wanting to immerse in local culture, the charming, colorful town of Sayulita is a mere 20-minute drive away. Sunset Magazine, "Sparkling New Resort in Mexico Offers a Pristine (& Safe) Beachside Escape," 30 Dec. 2020 Over 10 days every summer, many pilgrims crowd the adjacent seafront to immerse effigies of the Hindu god Ganesh. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 What was the impetus for wanting to immerse yourself in Black Latino studies and culture? Marjua Estevez, Condé Nast Traveler, "TV Host Kim Haas Is Tracing the African Link in Latin America," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 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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