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immersed

[ih-murst] /ɪˈmɜrst/
adjective
1.
plunged or sunk in or as if in a liquid.
2.
Biology. somewhat or wholly sunk in the surrounding parts, as an organ.
3.
Botany. growing under water.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; immerse + -ed2
Related forms
unimmersed, adjective
well-immersed, adjective

immerse

[ih-murs] /ɪˈmɜrs/
verb (used with object), immersed, immersing.
1.
to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.
2.
to involve deeply; absorb:
She is totally immersed in her law practice.
3.
to baptize by immersion.
4.
to embed; bury.
Origin
1595-1605; < Latin immersus, past participle of immergere; see immerge
Related forms
immersible, adjective
reimmerse, verb (used with object), reimmersed, reimmersing.
Can be confused
immerge, immerse.
Synonyms
1. immerge, duck, douse. See dip1 . 2. engage.
Antonyms
4. disinter.
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British Dictionary definitions for immersed

immersed

/ɪˈmɜːst/
adjective
1.
sunk or submerged
2.
(of plants) growing completely submerged in water
3.
(of a plant or animal organ) embedded in another organ or part
4.
involved deeply; engrossed

immerse

/ɪˈmɜːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to plunge or dip into liquid
2.
(often passive) often foll by in. to involve deeply; engross: to immerse oneself in a problem
3.
to baptize by immersion
Derived Forms
immersible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin immergere, from im- (in) + mergere to dip
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Word Origin and History for immersed

immerse

v.

early 15c. (implied in immersed), from Latin immersus, past participle of immergere "to plunge in, dip into" (see immersion). Related: Immersed; immersing; immersive.

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