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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. 2. engage.
4. disinter.
Synonym Study
1. See dip1. Unabridged
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  • Generally applied to immersing cloth, etc., in the blue vat.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • Mothers were present, immersing not only themselves but also their children.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • A method of pickling fish by immersing them in vinegar after being boiled.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • All the children of a member are baptized by immersing three times.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Copies are made from the mould by immersing it in a tank of melted wax.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
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.

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