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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Synonyms & Antonyms for immersion


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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That immersion is somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory, however, because the bottom bezel and logo are ridiculously oversized. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Strix Scar II review: lights, camo, action," 17 July 2018 My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues . . . . Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Most Chaotic Presidency Ever”," 23 Dec. 2018 Neither mother pushed her daughter into the arts, but both Vivian and Condola describe childhoods of total immersion. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "How Sisters Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen Have Raised a Powerful Family of Artists," 17 Oct. 2018 That profile evolved into a four-year immersion in football culture, which is longer than the average playing career. Jane Leavy, WSJ, "‘Big Game’ Review: Collision Course," 4 Jan. 2019 Six Senses, Bhutan Opening in spring 2019, Six Senses Bhutan is spread out through five lodges in different valleys: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro, each focusing on cultural immersion and spirituality. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2019," 29 Dec. 2018 This Sabrina loves horror movies, must choose between a mortal education at Baxter High or a magical immersion at the Academy of Unseen Arts, and slits a frenemy's throat. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 This can be further compounded if a game, like World of Warcraft, has an online multiplayer element, compounding the immersion with socialization with other players. German Lopez, Vox, "Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood," 6 Dec. 2018 The immersion into gaming is reflective of a larger online presence that recruiters will use to find and reach recruits. Fox News, "Army misses 2018 recruiting goal," 24 Sep. 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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