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 To fully immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Mars, plug in your VR headset and navigate to this video on YouTube. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2021 The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, TVs, and Home Appliances Keep cool in this heat with the best deals on portable air conditioners, and immerse yourself in a weekend movie with discounted soundbars. Wired Staff, Wired, 5 June 2021 Later, families collect the remains and immerse them in a holy river. Vedika Sud, CNN, 4 June 2021 For decades, travelers have been coming to the beach town's shores to soak up the sun and immerse themselves in the tradition of amusement park revelry. Sean Patrick Flynn, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Once the detergent is completely dissolved, lay your garment in the water and gently press it down to fully immerse it. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 30 Mar. 2021 Findings showed that their guests wanted to explore the great outdoors and immerse themselves in nature. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 7 June 2021 So immerse your brand in the TikTok experience to understand what works and what doesn’t, and from there, create content specially shaped for the platform. Emilie Tabor, Forbes, 27 May 2021 By weaving a tapestry of language, text and imagination, stories immerse heart and mind. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Immerse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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