im·​mer·​sion i-ˈmər-zhən How to pronounce immersion (audio)
: the act of immersing or the state of being immersed: such as
: absorbing involvement
immersion in politics
: 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
: baptism by complete submersion of the person in water

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immersion was in the 15th century

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“Immersion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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