im·​merse i-ˈmərs How to pronounce immerse (audio)
immersed; immersing

transitive verb

: to plunge into something that surrounds or covers
especially : to plunge or dip into a fluid
: engross, absorb
completely immersed in his work
: to baptize by immersion

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of immerse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​merse im-ˈərs How to pronounce immerse (audio)
immersed; immersing
: to plunge into something (as a fluid) that surrounds or covers
: to become completely involved in
immersed in a good book

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