Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cover completely in a liquid; submerge.
  • transitive verb To baptize by submerging in water.
  • transitive verb To engage wholly or deeply; absorb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To plunge into anything, especially a fluid; sink; dip.
  • Specifically, to baptize by immersion.
  • Figuratively, to plunge into, as a state, occupation, interest, etc.; involve deeply: as, to immerse one's self in business.
  • Immersed; buried; covered; deeply sunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To plunge into anything that surrounds or covers, especially into a fluid; to dip; to sink; to bury; to immerge.
  • transitive verb To baptize by immersion.
  • transitive verb To engage deeply; to engross the attention of; to involve; to overhelm.
  • adjective obsolete Immersed; buried; hid; sunk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To put under the surface of a liquid; to dunk.
  • verb transitive To involve deeply

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb thrust or throw into
  • verb cause to be immersed
  • verb enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
  • verb devote (oneself) fully to

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English immersed, embedded deeply, from Latin immersus, past participle of immergere, to immerse : in-, in; see in– + mergere, to dip.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin immersus, from immergō, from in + mergō.

Examples

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  • “In the destructive element immerse!�?

    - Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

    November 18, 2007