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[suh b-murj] /səbˈmɜrdʒ/
verb (used with object), submerged, submerging.
to put or sink below the surface of water or any other enveloping medium.
to cover or overflow with water; immerse.
to cover; bury; subordinate; suppress:
His aspirations were submerged by the necessity of making a living.
verb (used without object), submerged, submerging.
to sink or plunge under water or beneath the surface of any enveloping medium.
to be covered or lost from sight.
Origin of submerge
1600-10; < Latin submergere, equivalent to sub- sub- + mergere to dip, immerse; see merge
Related forms
submergence, noun
nonsubmergence, noun
resubmerge, verb, resubmerged, resubmerging.
unsubmerging, adjective
1. submerse. 2. flood, inundate, engulf. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for submerge
  • Pour evenly over bread and press with hands to submerge bread in liquid mixture.
  • Choose a pot large enough to submerge meat, fill it with water and bring it to a boil.
  • To integrate book coverage into culture coverage in general is, in effect, to submerge it.
  • The reservoirs they create can displace thousands of families and submerge large forests.
  • When water is available, warthogs will seek it and often submerge to cool down.
  • Pick the basil leaves and submerge in water with a skimmer.
  • Set a plate, small enough to submerge into the bowl, over the cabbage and weight down.
  • Rises in sea levels could displace millions of people and submerge vast amounts of prime agricultural land.
  • To avoid threats on the surface, they can deflate their air bags and briefly submerge.
  • And actually, the fastest way to chill any bottle or can is to submerge it in an ice bath, but that's a temporary solution.
British Dictionary definitions for submerge


to plunge, sink, or dive or cause to plunge, sink, or dive below the surface of water, etc
(transitive) to cover with water or some other liquid
(transitive) to hide; suppress
(transitive) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc
Derived Forms
submergence, submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse
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Word Origin and History for submerge

c.1600, from Latin submergere "to plunge under, sink, overwhelm," from sub "under" (see sub-) + mergere "to plunge, immerse" (see merge). Intransitive use is from 1650s, made common 20c. in connection with submarines. Related: Submerged; submerging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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