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immerse

im·merse

immerse

 
pronunciation:
ih muhrs
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: immersed, immerses, immersing
definition 1: to put deeply into or cover with liquid; submerge.
synonyms:
douse, dunk, souse, submerge
similar words:
deluge, dip, drench, duck, flood, inundate, plunge, saturate, sink, soak, steep
definition 2: to involve deeply in thinking or action; absorb.
The scholar was immersed in his books.
synonyms:
absorb, consume, engage, engross, enthrall, hold, involve, preoccupy
similar words:
bury, captivate, fascinate, spellbind, steep
definition 3: to baptize by submerging in water.
similar words:
baptize, christen, dunk
derivation: immersible (adj.)
Word Parts
The word immerse contains the following parts:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."
merge, mers Latin root that means dip, dive