im·mer·sive | \i-ˈmər-siv, -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

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Goldstein explained that Habonim Dror's immersive experience is unlike other camping movements, particularly in how Jewishness and Judaism is experienced. Elizabeth Kratz, Jewish Journal, "Habonim Dror: Building a Zionist education against the 'occupation'," 27 June 2018 In fact, the whole space is designed as an immersive experience. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "High Above the City Streets, OUE Skyspace Offers a Fresh Perspective on Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Virtual-reality systems shut out the outside world, giving users a complete immersive experience. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Brain Surgeons Get a Better View From Augmented Reality," 28 May 2018 My favorite immersive experience on the Mirage however was as a character inside Blade Runner: Revelations from Alcon Interactive. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Lenovo Google virtual reality headset goes wireless like Oculus," 4 May 2018 Music therapy is an incredibly immersive, time-consuming course of study that requires board certification upon graduation. Rich Mayor,, "Center stage: Rhyan Komsthoeft stars as singer, songwriter, water polo player," 18 Apr. 2018 Artist Erick Antonio Benitez collected the artifacts during trips to the 1,954-mile border and used them as part of his immersive art installation, which aims to draw attention to the plight migrants face on their journey to the United States. Talia Richman,, "Erick Antonio Benitez named winner of 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize," 15 July 2018 Thanks to this immersive piece of filmmaking, adventurous audiences may well want to tag along. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 In response to this disheartening prognosis, many communities have committed to reinvigorating their languages through documentation, immersive education and other measures. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis," 3 July 2018

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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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