Definition of immerse in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˈmərs/


1Dip or submerge in a liquid: immerse the paper in water for twenty minutes
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  • The food to be poached must be fully immersed in the liquid and not allowed to boil otherwise it can toughen the most delicate protein.
  • The first one involved usage of liquid paraffin for immersing nerves while dissecting and recording from them.
  • In our experiments, however, both tip and sample are completely immersed in liquids.
submerge, dip, dunk, duck, sink, plunge;
soak, drench, saturate, marinate, wet, douse, souse, steep
1.1Baptize (someone) by immersion in water.
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  • Through Christ, we are immersed in the waters of new life, transformed and made whole.
  • There the High Priest washed the child in the Sacred Basin beside the altar and immersed her in the holy water.
2 (immerse oneself or be immersed) Involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest: she immersed herself in her work she was still immersed in her thoughts
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  • To ‘flow’ in this context means that you are able to immerse yourself in some activity so deeply that you forget about anything else.
  • After his retirement he immersed himself in various charitable activities.
  • The piece questions and explores the ideas of communication and its absence through images and time lags, while immersing the audience in Kitamura's all-encompassing world of movement, sound and images.
absorb in, engross in, occupy by/with, engage in, involve in/with, bury in, swamp with, lose oneself in;
busy with, preoccupy with, fixate on/upon


Early 17th century: from Latin immers- 'dipped into', from the verb immergere, from in- 'in' + mergere 'to dip'.

Words that rhyme with immerse

amerce, asperse, averse, biodiverse, burse, coerce, converse, curse, diverse, Erse, hearse, intersperse, nurse, perse, perverse, purse, reimburse, submerse, terce, terse, transverse, verse, worse

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Syllabification: im·merse

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