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

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There are no narrators or talking heads, and the end result provides a much more immersive experience for the viewer than your typical science documentary. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Archival footage, audio immerses viewers in APOLLO: Missions to the Moon," 7 July 2019 The immersive experience features nearly 20 minutes of music, fireworks and multimedia extending around the entire ballpark. Hannah Drown,, "Watch MLB All-Star Celebrity Game interviews, fireworks show, Joan Jett and more on Facebook Live Sunday," 7 July 2019 Curved ultra-wide monitors provide an immersive experience by literally surrounding you with screen. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Samsung’s Space Monitor solves the big monitor problem," 11 June 2019 Make sure the audio is turned on and wear headphones for the most immersive experience. Quanta Magazine, "Journey to the Birth of the Solar System," 25 May 2017 Building the Garage Inspiration for such an immersive exhibit came from various visitor surveys over the past several years. Troy L. Smith,, "Rock Hall’s $2 million ‘Interactive Garage’ set to wow visitors," 27 June 2019 And while Facebook’s ambitions appear unsubtle (at least to me), the biggest tech companies are all building more and more advanced and immersive ecosystems. Molly Wood, WIRED, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Betrays the Company’s True Ambitions," 26 June 2019 Geothermal experiences — both visual and immersive — are worth seeking out on a visit here. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 The main themes are later broken into variations and interwoven to create a unified and immersive experience for the listener. Paige Hymson,, "Play Next: The story behind a podcast’s original music," 25 June 2019

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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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