im·​mer·​sive i-ˈmər-siv How to pronounce immersive (audio)
: 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
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The online sportsbook now provides an immersive sports entertainment experience across 15 professional sports in eight countries. Catena Media, al, 23 Nov. 2022 But a not-so-insignificant part of whether the lofty $2 billion+ box office goal can be achieved depends on whether audiences will rush to open their wallets and pay extra for what is being touted as an immersive 3D film experience. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 22 Nov. 2022 None of Broadway’s theaters could have indulged such an immersive, interactive experience, but the Circle in the Square provides the closest approximation with its in-the-round setup. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 Festiva’s participation, supported by The Kelly Wensing Community Fund, is part of an overall immersive experience at the theater. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Nov. 2022 Her only store is also just an immersive experience with colorful and size-inclusive options. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 18 Nov. 2022 The metaverse is a digital space made more lifelike thanks to virtual reality and augmented reality, with users wearing VR headsets for an immersive experience. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2022 Beverages with a Christmas spin are always a staple in the immersive experience, and this year is no different. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 16 Nov. 2022 Galactic Starcruiser, Disney’s immersive overnight experience, was the sole Central Florida attraction to win a Thea Award this year. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


immers(ion) + -ive

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immersive was in 1929

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“Immersive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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im·​mer·​sive i-ˈmər-siv How to pronounce immersive (audio)
: providing, involving, or characterized by deep absorption in something (as an activity or a real or artificial environment)
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