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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

The merchandise strategy for Galaxy’s Edge, which opened late last month in Disneyland, dovetails with Walt Disney Co.’s overall theming of the land, working the immersion angle to the nth degree. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Star Wars land’s souvenirs are from out of this galaxy," 7 June 2019 The School Board voted 9-0 Wednesday to convert it to a French language immersion campus as Ruppel Academie Francaise and open it to all Jefferson Parish students. Drew Broach,, "Tom Benson School one of many changes in Jefferson Parish public education this summer," 6 June 2019 From warm mineral-spring baths to the shrine at Lourdes, immersion in water has long been associated with healing powers. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Health Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," 21 Apr. 2019 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

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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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