im·​merse | \ i-ˈmərs \
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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Designed by O2 Treehouse, a company known for their architecturally unique structures, the Pinecone was built to immerse its occupants in the beauty of the natural world. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 The design is sort of hybrid of zen retreat and dreamy luxury, immersing shoppers in a world of greenery and natural oak floors, paired with formal angular windows framed by inclined, folding plaster. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 The son of the writer and director Peter Hedges (Pieces of April; Dan in Real Life) and the poet Susan Bruce, Hedges grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill immersed in an artistic milieu. Adam Green, Vogue, "With a Bushel of New Film Roles—and a Broadway Debut—Lucas Hedges Is Learning to Love the Spotlight," 24 Sep. 2018 Endiro Coffee offers darker roasted and handcrafted coffee utilizing pour methods, or a French press immersed in hot water and pressed through a mesh filter. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Endiro Coffee in Aurora," 6 July 2018 The camouflage effect gives visitors the feeling of being immersed in nature, despite their incredibly luxe living quarters. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Curvy glass cabins bring design to nature," 13 July 2018 Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature by engaging the five senses. CBS News, "Pay Attention: Exploring how forest bathing benefits both body and mind," 8 June 2018 In his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff, Arpaio wasn’t known for immersing himself in the policies and inner workings of his office and often prided himself on farming out those details to his underlings. Washington Post, "Senate hopeful Joe Arpaio mum on details of Trump policies," 22 May 2018 And not since Bill Clinton was gifting nights in the Lincoln Bedroom to donors has there been a better place to be immersed in it than the Trump Hotel D.C. Zach Everson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel," 2 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 \
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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