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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Oxenberg said her daughter became immersed in the organization quickly and donated the majority of her inheritance to it. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Catherine Oxenberg feels 'horrendous guilt' after bringing daughter into alleged sex cult," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 Some people may think everyone is Irish every St. Patrick’s Day, but many Southlanders know the annual Irish Fest offers an additional opportunity to become immersed in Ireland. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Gaelic Park's Irish Fest in Oak Forest kicks off festival season," 16 May 2018 Following his 1990 retirement after 27 years as a health and physical education teacher at Cherry Hill’s Brainerd Junior High School (now Carusi Middle School), Mr. Stagliano became immersed in civic affairs. Andrew Maykuth,, "Anthony D. Stagliano, 84, teacher, coach, Merchantville volunteer," 2 May 2018 Young campers can become immersed in history at Plimoth Plantation, nurture their creative side at one of many arts camps, or stay active with activities such as swimming, tennis, and archery at traditional day camps. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "Summer day camps south of Boston," 12 Apr. 2018 But where did this approach come from, and how does a young musician from Chile become so deeply immersed in the rigors of jazz in the first place? Howard Reich,, "Saxophonist Melissa Aldana helps crack the glass ceiling," 23 Jan. 2018 All will immerse you in local culture, customs, and cuisine. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Atlas, who has written acclaimed books about Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, immerses us here in the life of the biographer, and the obsessions that develop thereof. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by James Atlas, Rachel Joyce and Nadia Murad," 27 Nov. 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 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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