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 Or the three women in bathing caps and bloomers standing in the surf, facing away from the camera, gazing at the swimmers farther out, beholding that revelry and yet not fully immersed in it. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Lovely Solitude of Standing in a Crowd," 6 Nov. 2019 Rebecca owns and operates a clothing store, Off Seids Clothing, near Manhasset, and the kids are all in schools and immersed in their off-ice interests., "Charlie Simmer," 27 Oct. 2019 The designer stepped away from fashion and has been immersed in costume design. Washington Post, "Two legendary fashion designers came together and created something magical," 26 Sep. 2019 Students will stay with host families and are fully immersed in the culture. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire High School students take advantage of summer study abroad opportunities," 17 Sep. 2019 There is nothing showy about Melides — residents gather in the town square for hours playing cards or immersed in hand-waving conversations, alongside visitors from global capitals. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "A Portugal of Pristine Beaches, Tiny Villages and Little Else," 31 Aug. 2019 In life's seventh inning, re-immersing in Arizona The Babbitts have lived in Washington, D.C., since their time in the Clinton administration. Ian James, azcentral, "He took down dams, freed wolves and preserved wildlands. Bruce Babbitt is still at work," 14 July 2019 Her view of the fashion world has been very different from mine, and from most fashion showgoers’: Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Akhter is immersed in the world of garment workers. Maya Singer, Vogue, "I Took Bangladeshi Photographer Activist Taslima Akhter to New York Fashion Week—Here’s What Happened," 5 Oct. 2018 Kurkdjian continues, explaining that Adjani frequently uses perfume to immerse herself deeply into a role. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Francis Kurkdjian Comes to the Theater With a Multi-Sensory Fragrance Experience," 13 Sep. 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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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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