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[suh b-murs] /səbˈmɜrs/
verb (used with object), submersed, submersing.
to submerge.
Origin of submerse
1830-40; probably back-formation from submersion < Late Latin submersiōn-, stem of submersiō a sinking, equivalent to Latin submers(us) past participle of submergere to submerge + -iōn- -ion
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[suh b-mur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /səbˈmɜr ʒən, -ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for submerse
  • Don't let dogs submerse themselves in water that has a bloom.
  • submerse the object in the pond, then read the inches on the yardstick when the object disappears to determine the visibility.
  • Whole body contact recreation means being able to fully submerse yourself in the water.
  • submerse the instrument in the pail of fresh water and take it in to the shop.
  • To submerse this length tube in the thermostat for uniform starting temperature, it was coiled.
  • If possible submerse the body completely in chilled water and message continuously.
British Dictionary definitions for submerse


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 submerse

early 15c., from Latin submersus, past participle of submergere (see submerge). Related: Submersed; submersing.

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