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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The point is simply to immerse yourself in a destination, with a book or books as your guide. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 Where to stay: Camping is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 The four-day camp, attended by about 30, allowed Alutiiq people living in the Lower 48 to immerse themselves in their culture, organizers said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "After the Russians came to the Alutiiq region, the dance rattles went silent. A Kodiak artist has changed that.," 30 June 2019 Staying in an Airbnb, hostel or bed and breakfast is a major way to properly immerse yourself in a new place. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Amazing Race' cast and crew share summer travel tips: Put down your phone, push yourself," 26 June 2019 For those only just embarking on the Downton journey or fans who have longed to experience its splendor, this is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in the real sets and get up close to over 50 costumes and artifacts from the series. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Downton Abbey Exhibition is Coming to the Biltmore Estate," 26 June 2019 Five decades later, viewers will be able to immerse themselves in the coverage again — or for the first time — in the weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Stephen Battaglio,, "50 years later, TV is still enamored of the Apollo 11 moonwalk," 21 June 2019 But the Ohio Marijuana Expo in Sharonville this weekend will allow consumers to immerse themselves in all things related to medical-marijuana and even receive a doctor's evaluation on whether the medication is right for them. Randy Tucker,, "Medical marijuana expo coming to Sharonville this weekend," 21 May 2019 The first astronauts were so immersed in training and preparing for their missions that some of them weren't entirely aware of what was happening on the outside. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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