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Definition of the verb immerse

What does immerse mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: immersed | immersing | immerses

  1. thrust or throw into
    • examples: Immerse yourself in hot water | They immerse the object in the water
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): arrange, implant, lodge, mount, position, situate, sling, station, superimpose.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of immerse: plunge
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
    • more specific words:
      • dunk / dip = dip into a liquid while eating
      • plunge / douse / souse / dunk / dip = immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
      • dip = plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container
      • dip = immerse in a disinfectant solution
      • submerge / submerse = put under water
      • soak = submerge in a liquid
      • sheathe = plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
  2. devote (oneself) fully to
  3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
  4. cause to be immersed

Alternative definition of the verb immerse


  1. [transitive] To put under the surface of a liquid; to dunk.
  2. [transitive] To involve deeply

Definition of the verb immerse for high school students

    to absorb, deeply involve, engross
    • example: After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nancy decided to immerse herself in her work in order to avoid crying.

The verb immerse is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for immerse

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Google previewBaptism in Its Mode and Subjects (1857)

by Rev. Alexander Carson

Immerse is the meaning of the word, whatever the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Photography for Amateur and Professional Photographers (1889)

by Edward John Wall

Immerse good writing paper in ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Photography for the Amateur and Professional Photographer (1889)

Containing Concise and Explanatory Articles by Edward John Wall

Immerse good writing paper in a nearly saturated solution of bichromate of potash, andan dry in the dark; expose under a negative until all detail appears as a brown image upon a yellow ground, then wash in running water for two hours ; the ...

Google previewFabric Dyer's Dictionary (2010)

900+ Colors, Specialty Techiniques, The Only Dyeing Book You'll Ever Need! by Linda Johansen

Immerse the fabric in the dye for 10 to 20 minutes. The longer you leave it in the dye, the less texture you will see. Unroll the fabric and lay it flat for at least an hour for the dyes to set. You can soak the fabric in the soda ash / salt solution before ...

Google previewThe domestic encyclopedia, or, A dictionary of facts and useful knowledge, chiefly applicable to rural & domestic economy (1821)

with an appendix, containing additions in domestic medicine, and the veterinary and culinary arts by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, Thomas Cooper, Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy (Library of Congress)

Immerse it during ten days in ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

dip vb 1 Dip, immerse, submerge, duck, souse, dunk are comparable when meaning ...

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Usage statistics about immerse

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Quotes about immerse

One attraction of Latin is that you can immerse yourself in the poems of Horace and Catullus without fretting over how to say, Have a nice day. (Peter Brodie)
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Scrabble value of I1M3M3E1R1S1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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