A diver about to immerse herself in water.
- When you put a dish into a sink entirely full of sudsy water, this is an example of when you immerse the dish in the water.
- When you become very involved in reading a book, this is an example of a situation where you immerse yourself in a book.
transitive verb-·mersed′, -·mers′ing
- to plunge, drop, or dip into or as if into a liquid, esp. so as to cover completely
- to baptize by submerging in water
- to absorb deeply; engross: immersed in study
Origin of immersefrom Classical Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, to dip, plunge into: see in- and merge
transitive verbim·mersed, im·mers·ing, im·mers·es
- To cover completely in a liquid; submerge.
- To baptize by submerging in water.
- To engage wholly or deeply; absorb: scholars who immerse themselves in their subjects.
Origin of immerseFrom Middle English immersed embedded deeply from Latin immersus past participle of immergere to immerse in- in ; see in- 2. mergere to dip
(third-person singular simple present immerses, present participle immersing, simple past and past participle immersed)
- To put under the surface of a liquid; to dunk.
- Archimedes determined the volume of objects by immersing them in water.
- To involve deeply
- The sculptor immersed himself in anatomic studies.
(comparative more immerse, superlative most immerse)
- (obsolete) Immersed; buried; sunk.
From Latin immersus, from immergō, from in + mergō.