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 And its installation is designed so that visitors can choose to immerse themselves in the work, or simply view it from the street — a nod to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "How a South L.A. gallery is turning Black Lives Matter protest signs into art," 2 July 2020 Forget complicated strategy and immerse yourself in a classic adventure with mysterious clues, carnivorous vines, and man-eating piranhas, with some silly jokes thrown in to lighten the mood. Popular Science, "Adventurous board games that take you to another world," 30 June 2020 Francisco said Navajo Nation police officers are not facing backlash like other agencies across the country in recent weeks because of officers like Lee who immerse themselves in their communities. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, ""He was a warrior:" Community mourns of Navajo Nation police officer who died of COVID-19," 27 June 2020 Jerkins, who grew up in southern New Jersey, wanted to immerse herself in the history, culture, and environs of the Harlem Renaissance. Elias Williams, National Geographic, "New York’s arts scene remains shut down indefinitely—can it evolve and survive?," 15 June 2020 Salute the rising sun with vinyasa yoga and immerse yourself in nature in an all-inclusive 6 day program that uses nutrition, mindfulness, and functional movement to jumpstart your health. Alexandra Stewart, Travel + Leisure, "Alexandra Stewart's Top 9 New Zealand Wellness Escapes," 14 June 2020 Let the actors just really immerse themselves in the reality of the story. Omar Sanchez,, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt has faced death on screen before, but never like in 7500," 16 June 2020 Hosts are encouraged to offer a unique experience that gives viewers a chance to fully immerse themselves within a new culture. Leila Najafi, NBC News, "Airbnb Online Experiences lets you go on virtual travel or tours," 8 June 2020 For that 2009 study, Stephens and his colleagues asked 67 study participants (college students) to immerse their hands in a bucket of ice water. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The F-word’s hidden superpower: Repeating it can increase your pain threshold," 6 June 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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10 Jul 2020

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“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 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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