im·​mer·​sion | \ i-ˈmər-zhən How to pronounce immersion (audio) , -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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Its experience was an immersion in the way an artist explores his theme. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "A Life-Changing Art Encounter," 23 Nov. 2018 Our obsession with sharks peaks every year with nothing less than a week-long immersion into frightening, funny, and outright fin-sane (sorry) television devoted to the apex predators of the ocean. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018 Even by the generous standards of pastoral fantasy, this play is a dreamy immersion in a place where magic spells are the norm. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "A Midsummer Night in Ellicott City," 28 June 2018 Like the Kong attraction, Supercharged uses a variation of a simulator ride concept known as an immersion tunnel. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando's Fast & Furious – Supercharged: Does it live up to the movies?," 14 May 2018 Channel your inner Captain Fantastic in this single day immersion course with wilderness survival instructor Cliff Hodges (of National Geographic’s Remote Survival). Mackenzie Wagoner, Bon Appetit, "5 Healthy Trips for People Who Hate Wellness Retreats," 7 Jan. 2018 That immersion is somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory, however, because the bottom bezel and logo are ridiculously oversized. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Strix Scar II review: lights, camo, action," 17 July 2018 My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues . . . . Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Most Chaotic Presidency Ever”," 23 Dec. 2018 Neither mother pushed her daughter into the arts, but both Vivian and Condola describe childhoods of total immersion. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "How Sisters Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen Have Raised a Powerful Family of Artists," 17 Oct. 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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