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Definition of immerse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    immerse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they immerse
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrs//
     
    he / she / it immerses
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrsɪz//
     
    past simple immersed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrst//
     
    past participle immersed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrst//
     
    -ing form immersing
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmɜːsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɜːrsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1immerse somebody/something (in something) to put somebody/something into a liquid so that they or it are completely covered The seeds will swell when immersed in water. Wordfinderabsorb, condense, dilute, dissolve, evaporate, filter, immerse, liquid, rinse, saturated
  2. 2immerse yourself/somebody in something to become or make somebody completely involved in something She immersed herself in her work. Clare and Phil were immersed in conversation in the corner.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin immers- ‘dipped into’, from the verb immergere, from in- ‘in’ + mergere ‘to dip’.Extra examples For six months I totally immersed myself in my work. I immediately immersed myself in the task. The seeds need to be completely immersed in water. If you burn or scald yourself, immediately immerse the affected part in cold water. The specimen should be immersed in ethanol. Trim the leaf ends from the aubergines and immerse them in a saucepan.
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