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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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 For more information, go to or contact Kikol at 440-263-8121, or Host families needed: Local families are needed to host French students for a family immersion program., "North Ridgeville Corn Festival Parade will take place this year: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 13 June 2019 Cassidy, who stands to be the first Boston coach since Brian Sutter to have a 50-goal scorer on his roster, was the head coach at AHL Providence for Pastrnak’s North American immersion in the fall of 2014., "Uh, so much for October analytics.," 4 Dec. 2019 When facing immersion in very cold water, wear a wet suit. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafters launch stellar season for rivers, water sports," 13 May 2018 Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° offers immersion in the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, complete with 5 star luxury and private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Mount Vernon, with a student body that is 52 percent Hispanic, is a dual-immersion school, meaning students take their classes in Spanish and English, starting in kindergarten. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "At a Northern Virginia school, parents of different backgrounds speak the same language," 24 Dec. 2019 The immersion language school that meets on the campus of Christ the King Lutheran Church teaches English, Spanish, French and Mandarin to children 18 months to kindergarten. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "New space, Arabic program coming to Houston preschool," 2 Dec. 2019 His great aunt teaches at an immersion school where the Cherokee language is taught to assure its continued use. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardinals’ Helsley gives thumbs down to Tomahawk Chop chant," 4 Oct. 2019 On March 21, Leah and Doug Levine of Wayland were hoping to learn their 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, had been accepted into a kindergarten Spanish immersion program. Cindy Cantrell,, "Wayland rallies around family waging cancer fight," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of immersion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2020

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“Immersion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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