Definition of immerse in English:



  • 1[with object] Dip or submerge in a liquid.

    ‘immerse the paper in water for twenty minutes’
    • ‘Leaf samples taken before dawn and at 0900 h were freeze clamped and immersed in liquid nitrogen until analysis.’
    • ‘Add the red onion and a grind or two of black pepper, stir to immerse the onion slivers in liquid, and set aside to steep for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Phillips then explained that the standard cooling technique of immersing something in a cold medium, such as liquid nitrogen, is often not adequate.’
    • ‘Leaf samples of Kalanchoë were taken and immersed in liquid nitrogen immediately until extracted.’
    • ‘This involves immersing the suspect's head until they think they are about to drown.’
    • ‘The first one involved usage of liquid paraffin for immersing nerves while dissecting and recording from them.’
    • ‘The method of testing is to immerse the strips in the liquid for one second so that both the reaction zones are fully wetted.’
    • ‘The baked mussels were immersed sinfully in a cream-based garlic, parsley and white wine sauce.’
    • ‘In our experiments, however, both tip and sample are completely immersed in liquids.’
    • ‘It may also be estimated by immersing the stone in a series of liquids of known specific gravities, to see whether it sinks, remains suspended, or floats.’
    • ‘The food to be poached must be fully immersed in the liquid and not allowed to boil otherwise it can toughen the most delicate protein.’
    • ‘His most famous theorem gives the weight of a body immersed in a liquid, called Archimedes' principle.’
    • ‘The treatment has involved immersing the boat sections in a water-soluble polymer to replace some of the wood's cellular matter lost through bio-degradation over the centuries.’
    • ‘These hatch out in moist potting mix and can be treated by immersing the pot and spraying the foliage in a solution of pyrethrum insecticide.’
    • ‘Add artichoke hearts and weigh down so that they are fully immersed in cooking liquid.’
    • ‘It then feeds them through grim looking tubes and keeps them immersed in gelatinous liquid in cocoons.’
    • ‘And you think that immersing your bones here will automatically result in your swift despatch to the heavens?’
    • ‘Leaf samples were taken and immediately immersed in liquid nitrogen until extraction.’
    • ‘Here we show that this effect can be enhanced by immersing the body in cold oxygen gas.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, they do not advise immersing your head in a great cloud of the stuff, as is tempting when the midges descend, but to apply the spray only from your hands to the face.’
    submerge, plunge, dip, dunk, duck, sink
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    1. 1.1Baptize (someone) by immersion in water.
      • ‘There the High Priest washed the child in the Sacred Basin beside the altar and immersed her in the holy water.’
      • ‘Through Christ, we are immersed in the waters of new life, transformed and made whole.’
      baptize, christen
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  • 2Involve oneself deeply in a particular activity.

    ‘she immersed herself in her work’
    ‘she was still immersed in her thoughts’
    • ‘By immersing children in the life of their place they will be drawn ever deeper into its captivating complexities, and once engaged and fully embodied in the task, it will act as a site of meaningful experience in the world.’
    • ‘Ethnographers are typically immersed in a social setting for a long time - frequently years.’
    • ‘Though Jobson is 43, it's very much a young man's movie, immersing its audience in the heightened sensitivity and exquisite agonies of adolescence.’
    • ‘A long stint on the Harvard Board of Overseers immersed him in the inner workings of his alma mater.’
    • ‘This fluidity immerses the audience in a sense of great distance and movement.’
    • ‘His family have been deeply immersed in Gaelic games in Portarlington.’
    • ‘I walked out of the theatre feeling a little odd, as I often do when I have been deeply immersed in a film.’
    • ‘Their three-guitar lineup produced a wall of overlapping sound, immersing the audience in impassioned songs mostly about love, and occasionally hate.’
    • ‘Though it's an honour rather than a chore, there's something about being on newspaper duty in Croke Park that prevents a reporter from completely immersing his or herself in the atmosphere of big match day the same way a supporter would.’
    • ‘Starting the trip in Hangzhou, travellers are immersed in the famous beauty of the area.’
    • ‘On one occasion, a little boy was so immersed in his play at the museum that he forgot to go home to have his lunch.’
    • ‘Even the arts students are immersed in it, and cannot imagine a world without it.’
    • ‘The piece questions and explores the ideas of communication and its absence through images and time lags, while immersing the audience in Kitamura's all-encompassing world of movement, sound and images.’
    • ‘The cooks, however, were also immersed in the details of the proceedings, and lunch took an hour to be served.’
    • ‘To ‘flow’ in this context means that you are able to immerse yourself in some activity so deeply that you forget about anything else.’
    • ‘After his retirement he immersed himself in various charitable activities.’
    • ‘I've been slightly immersed in European and Asian cinema recently, and there are some cracking tales out there.’
    • ‘Gradually, she is becoming immersed in the parallel universe that is the world of football.’
    • ‘All of us who cover conflict on a regular basis got into this kind of journalism because we wanted to be immersed up to the eyeballs in our stories.’
    • ‘Not being deeply immersed in street culture, I don't know how widespread it is.’
    absorb, engross, occupy, engage, involve, engulf, bury
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Early 17th century: from Latin immers- dipped into, from the verb immergere, from in- in + mergere to dip.