[ ih-murst ]
/ ɪˈmɜrst /


plunged or sunk in or as if in a liquid.
Biology. somewhat or wholly sunk in the surrounding parts, as an organ.
Botany. growing under water.

Origin of immersed

First recorded in 1660–70; immerse + -ed2
Related formsun·im·mersed, adjectivewell-im·mersed, adjective

Definition for immersed (2 of 2)


[ 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 formsim·mers·i·ble, adjectivere·im·merse, verb (used with object), re·im·mersed, re·im·mers·ing.
Can be confusedimmerge immerse

Synonym study

1. See dip1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for immersed (1 of 2)


/ (ɪˈmɜːst) /


sunk or submerged
(of plants) growing completely submerged in water
(of a plant or animal organ) embedded in another organ or part
involved deeply; engrossed

British Dictionary definitions for immersed (2 of 2)


/ (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 Formsimmersible, adjective

Word Origin for immerse

C17: from Latin immergere, from im- (in) + mergere to dip
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Word Origin and History for immersed



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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