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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In the heat of the moment, one of the worst things to do is what people normally do—immerse themselves in their emotions and focus on their hurt. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Argue (Respectfully)," 28 Mar. 2019 Victoria Bogner puts away her laptop bag and other reminders of work to immerse herself in weekend time with her husband, Luke, and their children. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations," 26 Mar. 2019 Teams focused their searches Monday morning in areas where a bus was immersed and where many workers were eating lunch at the mine cafeteria when the dam ruptured. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "Searchers probe deep mud from Brazil dam breach; 65 dead," 29 Jan. 2019 Cracknell thinks there are several factors that contributed to my experience—the feeling of being immersed in and pushing through water, the sound of water itself, and just being in nature. Christine Yu, SELF, "Wading in a Cranberry Bog Was the Therapeutic Experience I Didn’t Know I Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 Hardy took the unusual step of living in the upstairs dormitories, to fully immerse himself in training and resist temptation. Robert Klemko,, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 For the bulk of his professional life, Greg Pence has largely immersed himself in business and left it to his younger brother to climb the political ladder. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "What's in a name? For Greg Pence, the VP's brother, it could be a seat in Congress," 30 Apr. 2018 Join The Chronicle and One Day University on Wednesday, July 25 at the Cowell Theater and immerse yourself in Lincoln's writings and explore his ideas in seminar fashion. San Francisco Chronicle, "The Mind of Abraham Lincoln: An Intensive Seminar," 16 May 2018 The foundation of the Lakers’ success when Kupchak was in charge might have been more a function of trades (Kobe Bryant through Pau Gasol) or free agency (Shaquille O’Neal), but Kupchak loves immersing himself in draft preparation. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Mitch Kupchak's lottery emotions? From bummed to relieved. His hope? Never again. | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 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 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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