im·​mer·​sion | \i-ˈmər-zhən, -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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Maine Maine is home to vast stretches of breathtaking coastline, but true immersion in the Pine Tree State's wild crimson, pumpkin, and amber-hued woods requires heading deeper inland. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Over a two-month course, the organization offers full service-industry training, including English lessons, immersion in relevant culinary terms, tools, and techniques. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 Hanson provides a personalized booking service, connecting people looking for an authentic rural experience with lodging options that offer total immersion into this lifestyle. Kate Morgan,, "Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," 28 June 2018 Another district offers foreign language instruction only on the internet while wealthy districts in the Johnson County area can offer Chinese immersion. Steve Kraske, kansascity, "Here's a straight-talkin' candidate for Kansas governor you should consider," 28 June 2018 Users can’t help but be aware of the technology that makes the illusion possible, thereby compromising total immersion into the story. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Star Wars virtual reality at the Void in Disney World and Disneyland," 22 May 2018 Supporters contend he’s still engaged, but his immersion in the technology solutions of tomorrow has distracted him from the problems Google faces today. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Instead, his immediate instinct — one that reflects his long-time immersion in, and relationship to, right-wing media — was to play the victim of a liberal witch hunt. David Roberts, Vox, "Tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt’s rise to power — and the scandals that came with it," 5 July 2018 Her immersion in art school — first as a Rutgers undergrad, then as an MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design — is a rude awakening. Kathleen Hirsch,, "A portrait of the artist as an older woman," 29 June 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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