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 Picture immersing yourself in the rustic countryside of Northern Indiana or the flourishing hillsides in southern Pennsylvania or drifting under a pleasant canopy of trees through Maryland to our nation's capitol. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Coast-to-coast rail trail will cut through Indiana. Here's what Hoosiers can expect.," 19 Dec. 2019 Do slow down and enjoy the details Disneyland is known for the little touches that immerse you in the story. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Visiting Disneyland for Christmas? Avoid making these 10 common mistakes," 20 Nov. 2019 What matters is Brookhiser’s original reflection on the nature of our American experiment, the work of a man who has for many years immersed himself in the minds of those who forged our freedom. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty: A Manual for Patriots," 7 Nov. 2019 Two cafés in Seoul, though, are taking customers a step back and immersing them in two dimensions. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Step Into the "Cartoon Cafés" in Seoul," 1 Nov. 2019 But does the fondness for immersing ourselves in true crime actually open up new possibilities for meaningful participation in processes of social justice? Tanya Horeck, Quartzy, "Is our true crime obsession helpful or hurtful?," 19 Oct. 2019 Clara and Nestor settled in Hartford and immediately immersed themselves in the community., "Clara G. Palacio," 12 Sep. 2019 An episode displays as a live-action video, albeit one that immerses you. Wired, "Adam Savage’s New VR App Lets You Visit Maker Workshops," 11 Sep. 2019 Find someone who can hold an informative conversation or immerse yourself in a search for relevant knowledge and information. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 13, 2019: Happy birthday Debi Mazar; Leo, pitch in and do your part," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immerse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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