im·mer·sion | \i-ˈmər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of immersion 

: the act of immersing or the state of being immersed: such as

a : baptism by complete submersion of the person in water

b : absorbing involvement immersion in politics

c : instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study especially : foreign language instruction in which only the language being taught is used learned French through immersion

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Synonyms & Antonyms for immersion


absorption, attention, concentration, engrossment, enthrallment



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Examples of immersion in a Sentence

We were surprised by his complete immersion in the culture of the island. He learned French through immersion. I'm taking an immersion course in German.
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Participants will meet in Jakarta, Indonesia, followed by immersion in the wild that includes paddling canoes into the Bornean swamp, home to proboscis monkeys and orangutans. Anne Harnagel,, "Women-only Borneo tour includes viewing orangutans and komodo dragons," 9 July 2018 When Cantor was a teenager, though, the family moved to Los Angeles, yanking him from deep immersion in the sport in a soccer-crazy land to a country with scant history and interest in it. Steven Goff,, "'Goooooool!' Andres Cantor is the Spanish-speaking American voice of the World Cup," 7 June 2018 The barley then goes to the steep tank for an initial immersion that takes one to two days. Marc Bona,, "West Branch Malts celebrates opening, offers breweries an 'all-Ohio' option," 8 May 2018 Much of Boo’s work is marked by an immersion in the lives of her subjects that avoids the sensational and the unusual and looks for threads that connect to the wider human condition. John Wilkens,, "Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Boo in town for free talk at Central Library," 1 May 2018 Some sunscreens are just not designed to survive immersion in water. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) testing methods explained," 16 Apr. 2018 The immersion school, called Casa de Corazon or House of Heart, has four locations in the greater Minneapolis area. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spanish immersion school eyes former Goldi storefront in Shorewood," 27 June 2018 Born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados before returning to his birthplace for high school, but this early immersion in reggae, calypso, and soca made a deep impact. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 June 2018 The dedicated Snapdragon XR1 platform doesn’t support the same level of controller immersion. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm aims to spark virtual reality market with stand-alone AR/VR chip," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of immersion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of immersion

: the act of putting someone or something completely in a liquid or the state of being completely in a liquid

: complete involvement in some activity or interest

: a method of learning a foreign language by being taught entirely in that language

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