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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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  • submerge and proceed up the Sound,” Dirk ordered the officer, “and take us directly under the craft of the Lodorians.

  • But it had been impossible even for grief to submerge the sweet youth in her.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Without waiting for his master, he slipped into the water, to discover it deep enough almost to submerge him.

    The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton
  • Have we not all our deluges in private that submerge our world in tears?

    A Modern Mercenary Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • The boat can rise in the wake of an enemy, fire as she "breaks surface," and submerge again—all in a matter of seconds.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • Then submerge them under two inches of soil at a temperature of seventy degrees.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • Than an unprotected man with a conscienceless flirt, who falls on his neck and then threatens to submerge him in tears.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • No woman could submerge his intellect and stupendous interests for more than a moment.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
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.

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