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 : absorbing involvement immersion in politics
b : 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
c : baptism by complete submersion of the person in water

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The first pour of tea graces the tea pet under a hot rainshower, creating a continuous immersion that gives the tea pet a unique aroma and a deep patina. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "The Path Of Restorative Travel Starts With Tea," 26 Feb. 2021 Historically Black Colleges and Universities are both incubators and accelerators of their students’ talent, intelligence and potentiality in a daily immersion in their heritage and investment in their future. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Colleges Produced Generations of Black Women Leaders," 8 Feb. 2021 One client is focused on artist development and having arts immersion and arts in the community. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Ballard Spahr partner sees social issues increasingly influencing how businesses run," 7 Feb. 2021 Still, making a move from jewelry enthusiast to creative director required immersion in the industry’s manufacturing side. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "TikTok Star Loren Gray’s Debut Jewelry Collection is All About Accessible Glamour," 19 Nov. 2020 From little things like jargon to big stuff like turning wild game into meat, there’s so much to learn about the sport of hunting that total immersion, one-on-one with a mentor, is the most efficient and effective way to start. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Meet the New Faces of Deer Hunting," 16 Nov. 2020 Language immersion is a big commitment but studies show learning a second language at an early age is not only easier but improves learning across the board. Megan Schrader, The Denver Post, "Schrader: How to navigate Denver’s school choice process and get into a great school," 10 Jan. 2020 The application window for Jefferson Parish magnet schools focusing on arts integration, international baccalaureate or dual language immersion is open through Friday, Feb. 19. Staff Report,, "Jefferson Parish magnet school application deadline, and other metro-area school news," 3 Feb. 2021 That’s been the case in Hawaii, where immersion schools run jointly by Native Hawaiians and the state government helped the number of Ōlelo-fluent households jump from a few dozen to 24,000 between 1985 and 2010. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Local languages are dying out and taking invaluable knowledge with them," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of immersion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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3 Mar 2021

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“Immersion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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