immerse

[ ih-murs ]
/ ɪˈmɜrs /

verb (used with object), im·mersed, im·mers·ing.

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

im·mers·i·ble, adjectivere·im·merse, verb (used with object), re·im·mersed, re·im·mers·ing.

Can be confused

immerge immerse

Synonym study

1. See dip1.
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British Dictionary definitions for immerse

immerse

/ (ɪˈmɜːs) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by in) to plunge or dip into liquid
(often passive often foll by in) to involve deeply; engrossto immerse oneself in a problem
to baptize by immersion

Derived Forms

immersible, adjective

Word Origin for immerse

C17: from Latin immergere, from im- (in) + mergere to dip
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