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.

1600–10; < Latin submergere, equivalent to sub- sub- + mergere to dip, immerse; see merge

submergence, noun
nonsubmergence, noun
resubmerge, verb, resubmerged, resubmerging.
unsubmerging, adjective

1. submerse. 2. flood, inundate, engulf. Unabridged
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submerge or submerse (səbˈmɜːdʒ, səbˈmɜːs)
1.  to plunge, sink, or dive or cause to plunge, sink, or dive below the surface of water, etc
2.  (tr) to cover with water or some other liquid
3.  (tr) to hide; suppress
4.  (tr) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc
[C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse]
submerse or submerse
[C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse]
sub'mergence or submerse
submersion or submerse

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Word Origin & History

1606, from L. submergere "to plunge under, sink, overwhelm," from sub "under" + mergere "to plunge, immerse" (see merge). Intransitive use is from 1652, made common 20c. in connection with submarines.
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Example sentences
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.
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