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

Synonyms for immerse

Synonym study

1. See dip1.

Antonyms for immerse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immersing

Contemporary Examples of immersing

Historical Examples of immersing

  • 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 (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 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