im·​mer·​sive | \ i-ˈmər-siv How to pronounce immersive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of immersive

: providing, involving, or characterized by deep absorption or immersion in something (such as an activity or a real or artificial environment) … when game designers began creating realistic, immersive game environments such as World of Warcraft.— Ethan Gilsdorf Cameron's vision of a totally immersive alien world required a quantum leap in motion-capture and 3-D technology …— Josh Rottenberg The rise of attachment parenting, with its immersive demands, … has made motherhood a formidable prospect for some women.— Lauren Sandler For a completely immersive Bermudian experience, be sure to grab a ferry to Hamilton and St. George's.— Sandra J. Marsian The game is incredibly immersive, with stunning 3-D graphics and an excellent array of sound effects that bring the Star Trek universe to life.Newsweek Unlike virtual reality, the viewing environment here is usually not immersive. There are no head-mounted displays. Viewing is done on a more traditional video display.— Frank Beacham

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Other Words from immersive

immersively adverb
It's an impressive presentation and offers great potential for immersively learning about making a major motion picture. — Joseph Szadkowski
immersiveness noun
… you know that the future of movies apparently looks a lot like the present of movies—big expensive, effects-driven action, but updated with high-tech immersiveness. — Mark Harris

Examples of immersive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Nature Center is an immersive experience for kids and nature lovers alike. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Director and writer Justine Bateman wanted the film (to be released later this fall) to be an immersive experience haunted by Violet's inner monologue. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 Shou Sugi Ban House — frequented by soul-searching celebrity clientele — curates an immersive wellness experience with just 13 rooms and culinary programming designed by chef Mads Refslund of noma fame. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Rist takes the immersive experience to another level in her MOCA show, which will represent the rare opportunity to see a large number of her pieces in Southern California. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Why not turn the book into an immersive experience? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 And elsewhere in the immersive experience was campaign imagery shot by photographer Renell Medrano. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 Those efforts also failed, because smartphones were not powerful enough to deliver an immersive virtual reality experience. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 For our reporter, the immersive experience in Los Angeles prompted her to rethink the meaning of authenticity. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of immersive

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immersive

immers(ion) + -ive

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The first known use of immersive was in 1929

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15 Sep 2021

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“Immersive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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