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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, fill the sink with water, immerse the underwear and squeeze the water through to rinse. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 For a mesmerizing sweep back in time, opt for PBS Masterpiece, which is home to Downton Abbey, Grantchester, and other must-watch shows that'll immerse you in their gorgeous worlds from another time. Rachel Simon,, 11 July 2022 That’s interesting because people can immerse in various formats, but the ability to transverse what historically has been physical versus digital will open up perspectives that many of us can’t even calibrate right now. Forbes, 1 July 2022 The hybrid event will mix the offline and digital, featuring special programs for everyone to immerse into K-culture. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 June 2022 The Great Adventure of Material World exemplifies the potential of video games to immerse people in systems of thought manifestly unlike the dominant Western viewpoint. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Set in the near future where emotions have become a threat, The Beast follows Gabrielle (Seydoux), who finally decides to purify her DNA in a machine that will immerse her in her previous lives and rid her of any strong feelings. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Seydoux stars as Gabrielle, a woman who has finally decided to purify her DNA in a machine that will immerse her in her past lives and rid her of any strong feelings. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 16 May 2022 Hiking trails, ponds, wildflower fields, and walks along the Vermilion River also help immerse guests in nature. Kristine Hansen, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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