Definition of immerse in English:

immerse

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈməːs
 
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verb

1 [with object] Dip or submerge in a liquid: immerse the paper in water for twenty minutes
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
submerge, plunge, dip, dunk, duck, sink; douse, souse, soak, drench, imbue, saturate, cover, rinse, wet
1.1Baptize (someone) by immersion in water.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
baptize, christen; purify
informal , dated dip
rare lustrate
2 (immerse oneself or be immersed) Involve oneself deeply in a particular activity: she immersed herself in her work she was still immersed in her thoughts
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
absorb, engross, occupy, engage, involve, engulf, bury; busy, employ, distract, divert, preoccupy
informal lose oneself in, get lost in

Origin

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

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