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[ih-murs] /ɪˈmɜrs/
verb (used with object), immersed, immersing.
to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.
to involve deeply; absorb:
She is totally immersed in her law practice.
to baptize by immersion.
to embed; bury.
Origin of immerse
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.
1. immerge, duck, douse. See dip1 . 2. engage.
4. disinter. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for immerse


verb (transitive)
(often foll by in) to plunge or dip into liquid
(often passive) often foll by in. to involve deeply; engross: to immerse oneself in a problem
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 immerse

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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