Definition of total immersion in English:

total immersion


  • 1[mass noun] Immersion of the whole body in water, in particular as a form of baptism:

    ‘more than 100 members of the sect were baptised in Florida, undergoing total immersion as is traditional’
    • ‘Perhaps this was the very place where Paulinus, the Christian priest, first preached, before leading the converts to the River Glen for baptism by total immersion.’
    • ‘In Judaism, for example, one form is total immersion in "living water" - that is, the sea, a river or spring - for restoration of ritual purity.’
    • ‘Modern high-tech acrylics have allowed the casting of baths in just about any shape, with steep sides and plenty of room for total immersion.’
    • ‘This is a purification ritual demanding total immersion and has parallels with some Christian sects.’
    • ‘For the first time in my life, I was living in a sea of believing, faithful Christians, and the cold shock felt like total immersion.’
    • ‘The church wardens made their inquiries, and came back with the surprising information that baptism should be by total immersion unless sickness prevents this!’
    • ‘Emphasis was on the use of running water, or total immersion in the case of babies.’
    • ‘There's none of the theatricality of a total immersion baptism or some of the other rites of initiation favoured by other faiths.’
    1. 1.1 Complete mental involvement in something:
      ‘the opportunity for total immersion in the language and culture’
      [as modifier] ‘improve your French in a total-immersion course’
      • ‘At the same time, his total immersion in the military lifestyle had taken root.’
      • ‘Culinary vacations are about total immersion.’
      • ‘There's a sense of total immersion in the period, and of just how exciting and elegant a time this was.’
      • ‘I enjoy seeing big films on the big screen, so I can enjoy the impact and total immersion.’
      • ‘Despite her total immersion in a character teetering on the edge, Mattila never loses vocal control.’
      • ‘The institute runs in-depth, total-immersion semesters for architecture, planning, landscape, and other design students.’
      • ‘Many of us know from first-hand experiences the outcomes of "sink or swim" or "total immersion" education for language minority students.’
      • ‘In early total immersion, English-speaking children are immersed in French, their second language, and English is gradually introduced into the curriculum.’
      • ‘Total immersion of students into another culture will bring home, in an everlasting way, that people and countries see the world differently.’
      • ‘As for Italian, she says she studied the language in "total immersion" by living in Italy for a while.’
      • ‘Rigorous, intense, but intended to be fun, the total-immersion program appeals to emerging dancemakers as well as mid-career professionals.’
      • ‘Greg believed that the only way to truly understand Afghanistan, with all its contradiction and complexity, was total immersion.’
      • ‘He was a strong advocate of local cultural knowledge and "total immersion" during training and operations.’
      • ‘I often find that, when people say they didn't enjoy the film it was because they watched it in circumstances unconducive to total immersion.’
      • ‘The reward is in the doing, in the total immersion in the research, not in the outcome.’
      • ‘She was essentially a lonely and insecure woman whose total immersion in work meant that she had few real friends.’
      • ‘Go out and learn the language - total immersion works wonders; you may not be able to write great literature, but after a few months you'll at least be able to get by.’
      • ‘They praise film for the way it offers total immersion in an imaginative landscape.’
      • ‘He has taken the path of total immersion in Bulgarian life.’
      • ‘The only way he would be able to learn would be total immersion.’