im·​merse | \i-ˈmərs \
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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Your eyes may be fixated on the seemingly fake snow, but the effort that goes into the costumes of your favorite cheesy holiday movie—as romanticized and polished as the plot points—are just as crucial in immersing the viewer in this world. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Costumes in All Those Holiday Movies," 7 Dec. 2018 Like all schools in China, this one immersed children in patriotic education. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 Freeman said the experiences are meant to strongly immerse people in a sensation of height and then encourage them to challenge their reluctance to take part. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 Sam stays immersed in baseball, making his parents, who spent a week with him in Hartford at the end of June, and his family proud. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: Yard Goats' Sam Hilliard Stoically Carries A Burden As He Pursues Big Leagues," 10 July 2018 Automaker Ford has experimented with virtual reality, immersing viewers in a pit crew at Le Mans and simulating distracted driving to teach teens in Europe about roadway safety. Miranda Moore,, "'Uncle Drew' shows that audiences will pay to watch branded content," 5 July 2018 Using a glass tube 36 inches long, open at one end and closed at the other, Torricelli removed air from the tube and immersed the open end in a dish of mercury. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Who invented the barometer?," 29 June 2018 Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is situated on more than 15,000 acres, offering loads of outdoor exploration and an opportunity to be immersed in nature. The Courier-Journal, "A break from the classroom doesn’t have to be a break from learning," 26 May 2018 Do not immerse the motorized end of this type of blender in water. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Why buying an immersion blender is a smooth move | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 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 \
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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