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immersion (n.)

c. 1500, from Late Latin immersionem (nominative immersio), noun of action from past participle stem of immergere "to plunge in, dip into, sink, submerge," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + Latin mergere "plunge, dip" (see merge). Meaning "absorption in some interest or situation" is from 1640s. As a method of teaching a foreign language, 1965, trademarked by the Berlitz company.

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Definitions of immersion from WordNet

immersion (n.)
sinking until covered completely with water;
Synonyms: submergence / submerging / submersion
immersion (n.)
(astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse;
Synonyms: ingress
immersion (n.)
complete attention; intense mental effort;
Synonyms: concentration / engrossment / absorption
immersion (n.)
a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged;
immersion (n.)
the act of wetting something by submerging it;
Synonyms: submersion / ducking / dousing
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