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 For those wanting to immerse in local culture, the charming, colorful town of Sayulita is a mere 20-minute drive away. Sunset Magazine, "Sparkling New Resort in Mexico Offers a Pristine (& Safe) Beachside Escape," 30 Dec. 2020 Over 10 days every summer, many pilgrims crowd the adjacent seafront to immerse effigies of the Hindu god Ganesh. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 What was the impetus for wanting to immerse yourself in Black Latino studies and culture? Marjua Estevez, Condé Nast Traveler, "TV Host Kim Haas Is Tracing the African Link in Latin America," 9 Oct. 2020 Lee’s script is based on a true-life story, which led Winslet to immerse herself in research and read up about Anning. NBC News, "Kate Winslet on choreographing 'Ammonite' love scenes with Saoirse Ronan," 7 Dec. 2020 But more important, Hawaii’s educators generally hadn’t yet figured out how to teach Hawaiian vocabulary and grammar, or give eager youngsters like Pele and Kekoa opportunities to immerse themselves in Hawaiian speech. Daniella Zalcman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language," 17 Nov. 2020 The morning of the election, the 28-year-old graphic designer from Northampton County, N.C., downloaded a game called Egg, Inc., which allows users to immerse themselves in the life of a chicken farmer. Washington Post, "On a hump day for the ages, Americans try to act and feel normal," 4 Nov. 2020 Velazquez said one of her first priorities as a commissioner is sitting down with the city manager to immerse herself in Apopka’s industrial and commercial developments. Katie Rice,, "Former Apopka commissioner re-elected to city council in runoff election," 8 Dec. 2020 Signing up for an online workshop or participating in a discussion will immerse you even further. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for October 25, 2020," 25 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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