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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the indelible images are a pair of young women in bathing suits, framed by headless nude male torsos in the foreground, and a trio of old friends in the glimmering surf, an immersive shot of immersion. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Local students will also be representing their arts, performing and language immersion programs in the parade. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 The morphing of the Method into a catchall term for hard-core immersion seems to have begun with Robert De Niro, an Adler student. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 The same applies to our signature immersion programs, which offer a selection of balanced treatments and experiences weaved together by our experts to target specific areas of the mental and physical well-being of each guest. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Other studies suggest that cold water immersion can buffer the immune system. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Cold water immersion can quickly cause swimming failure from a loss of muscle coordination. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2021 Virtual labs are possible without expensive headsets, as lower-immersion activities can launch through existing desktop and laptop screens. Michael Jensen, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Horseback riding, hiking, and trout fishing combine natural immersion with Auberge's signature high-end aesthetic. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immersion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Immersion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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