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immerse (oneself, someone, or something) in (something)

1. Literally, to fully submerge someone or something in a liquid. Is it safe to immerse this stuffed animal? I'd really like to wash it. If Susie's scared of the ocean, don't just immerse her in it!
2. To fully devote one's attention to something. In this usage, the phrase can also be used reflexively. I'm going to France this summer to immerse myself in French culture. Paul's grades got much better once he immersed himself in his studies.
3. To cause someone's attention to be fully absorbed in or by something. I think showing the kids a movie could help to immerse them in the language a little more.
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immerse someone or something in something

1. Lit. to submerge someone or something beneath the surface of a liquid; to soak someone or something in a liquid. The preacher immersed the baptism candidate in the water. We immersed all the dirty plates in the soapy water and left them to soak. She immersed herself in the bathwater.
2. Fig. to saturate or steep someone or a group in information or some type of instruction. The trainers immersed us in details day after day. The teachers will immerse the entire class in nothing but the Spanish language, day after day.
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immerse in

1. To submerge someone or something in some liquid: The cook immersed the dishes in hot water.
2. To involve someone completely in something: The teacher immersed the students in every aspect of mathematics. I immersed myself in the family business.
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The need to immerse the whole chip in a solution could be a disadvantage, he adds.
We will immerse the idol, but we will put a net beforehand in the river.
Now, that the authorities have allowed Hindus to travel to India, it is expected that several people of the community would be visiting India to perform the last rights of their ancestors and immerse the ashes in the holy water of the River Ganga for eternal transformation the body in accordance with the Hindu mythology.
Pakistan's Hindus, who make up only about two per cent of the overwhelmingly Muslim country's population of 160 million, usually immerse the remains of their dead in the Indus or the Arabian Sea.
Immerse a sliver of semiconducting material in an electrically conducting chemical soup and the result is a photoelectrochemical cell capable of converting sunlight directly into electrical or chemical energy.
The dams would be built along the Usumacinta River and its tributaries and would create a lake that would immerse the ruins at Yaxchilan and Piedras Negras, according to the group.