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immerse

verb

  1. (penetrate)  to thrust or throw into
    Synonyms: plunge. Type of: penetrate. Follows: spoon
  2. (concentrate)  to devote (oneself) fully to
    Synonyms: absorb, engross, engulf, ingulf, plunge, soak up, steep. Type of: concentrate. Similar to:...
  3. (enclose)  to enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    Synonyms: bury, eat up, swallow, swallow up, gurge [archaic]. Type of: enclose
  4. (cause, be immersed)  to cause to be immersed
    Synonyms: plunge, immerge [archaic]. Similar to: steep. Causes: steep

Etymology summary

From Middle English immersed, embedded deeply, from Latin immersus, past...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

immerse | engross [synonym, sense-specific] | immersible [adjective, derived]

[often followed by "in"] to plunge or dip into liquid | [often passive, often followed by] in to involve deeply; engross | to baptize by immersion (24 of 544 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | engross [synonym, sense-specific] | absorb [synonym, sense-specific] | bemuse [synonym, sense-specific] | busy [synonym, sense-specific] | catch up [synonym, sense-specific] | enthrall [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to plunge into something that surrounds or covers ; especially, to plunge or dip into a fluid | "engross", "absorb" | to baptize by immersion (23 of 141 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/immerse

Macmillan British Dictionary:

immerse [transitive, formal] | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present] | immersed in something | immerse yourself in something

to put something or someone in a liquid, especially so that they are covered completely | "immersed in something": if you are immersed in something, ... (24 of 109 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/immerse

Oxford Dictionary:

immerse | immerse oneself | be immersed

dip or submerge in a liquid | baptize (someone) by immersion in water. | ("immerse oneself" or "be immersed") : involve oneself deeply in a particular ... (24 of 92 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/immerse

American Heritage Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

To cover completely in a liquid; submerge. | To baptize by submerging in water. | To engage wholly or deeply; absorb (19 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

immerse | immersion [noun, derived]

[R] to become completely involved in something | [formal] to put something or someone completely under the surface of a liquid (20 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/immerse

New World Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle]

to plunge, drop, or dip into or as if into a liquid, especially so as to cover completely | to baptize by submerging in water | to absorb deeply; ... (27 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present] | submerge [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To put under the surface of a liquid; to dunk. | [transitive] To involve deeply (15 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

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Random House Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle]

to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink. | to involve deeply; absorb. | to baptize by immersion. | to embed; bury. (21 of 40 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/immerse

Encarta Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

to put something into a liquid so that it's entirely below the surface | to become completely occupied with something, giving all your time, energy, ... (24 of 111 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620257​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English immersed, embedded deeply, from Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, to immerse: ... (15 of 24 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

immerse | immerse oneself | be immersed

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin immers- "dipped into", from the verb immergere, from in- "in" + mergere "to dip"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/immerse

Merriam-Webster:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, from in- + mergere to merge

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New World Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle]

Origin: Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, to dip, plunge into: see "in-" and "merge"

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Collins Dictionary:

immerse

First use: 17th century

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

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Wiktionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin immersus, from immergō, from in + mergō.

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Encarta Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin immers-, past participle of immergere "plunge into" from mergere "plunge"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620257​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "immerse"

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Collins Dictionary:

immerse

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

immerse [transitive, formal] | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "immerse"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

immerse [transitive, formal] | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "immerse"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

immerse

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "immerse"

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the Free Dictionary:

immerse

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Google Dictionary:

immerse | immersed [past tense] | immersing [present participle] | immerses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "immerse"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

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