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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Yet that didn’t stop Butler from immersing himself in classical music. Howard Reich,, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 And on Thursday, years of Simone immersing herself in music and creating her own culminate in a release party for her debut EP at Holocene. Eder Campuzano,, "Frankie Simone readies Portland for her fiery debut EP, 'Love//Warrior'," 31 May 2018 This storytelling space, which offers four arcing benches to visitors, is the inner of two concentric circles—beyond it lies a redbrick walkway, on which museumgoers can wander at their own pace and immerse themselves in the circular symbolism. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans," 11 May 2018 Off the pitch, Ring has immersed himself in the community. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "New everything for Indy Eleven this season, but same old Brad Ring," 3 July 2018 Assigned to study the effect of reserpine on serotonin in blood cells, Dr. Carlsson immersed himself in the emerging field of psychopharmacology. Denise Gellene,, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Prior to filming, Moselle immersed herself in the lives of real teen skaters, giving the movie and Camille an extra dose of authenticity., "Skate Kitchen Is The Badass Movie About An All-Girls Skate Crew," 21 June 2018 After a single quarter at UC Santa Cruz, Biafra immersed himself in the San Francisco punk scene, where the Mutants and the Avengers were already playing. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Punk legend Jello Biafra at 60: still in San Francisco, and speaking his mind," 13 June 2018 Since returning stateside from Europe, Ball once again immersed himself in LaVar’s at-home basketball incubator, rising at the crack of dawn to run the hills of Chino and strength training at the family’s estate. Jake Fischer,, "How a Summer Internship Spawned the Newest Venue for NBA Hopefuls," 21 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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