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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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Examples from the web for immersing
  • The simple act of vacuum-packing food and immersing it in hot water changes the physics of cooking more than you might think.
  • At a research university, you may be able to escape a certain amount of student contact by immersing yourself in your scholarship.
  • They are all dimensions of involving and immersing yourself in your discipline long before you choose to seek a grant.
  • She was immersing herself in the rapidly evolving sciences of stress physiology and neuroendocrinology.
  • Science is about immersing ourselves in piercing uncertainty while struggling with the deepest of mysteries.
  • He resolves the problem by immersing himself in the cricket scores.
  • Almost everyone you know who wants to learn either learns part-time or by immersing themselves for three to five days.
  • Sometimes cooks added yet another step, congealing the mush into a kind of bread by immersing it in cold water.
  • immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy.
  • It's capable of seeing more deeply and subtly than the left, immersing itself in what's actually there, in all its richness.
British Dictionary definitions for immersing


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 immersing



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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