[ ih-murs ]
See synonyms for: immerseimmersedimmersesimmersing on

verb (used with object),im·mersed, im·mers·ing.
  1. to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.

  2. to involve deeply; absorb: She is totally immersed in her law practice.

  1. to baptize by immersion.

  2. to embed; bury.

Origin of immerse

1595–1605; <Latin immersus, past participle of immergere;see immerge

synonym study For immerse

1. See dip1.

Other words for immerse

Opposites for immerse

Other words from immerse

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

Words that may be confused with immerse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use immerse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for immerse


/ (ɪˈmɜːs) /

  1. (often foll by in) to plunge or dip into liquid

  2. (often passive often foll by in) to involve deeply; engross: to immerse oneself in a problem

  1. to baptize by immersion

Origin of immerse

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

Derived forms of immerse

  • immersible, adjective

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