verb (used with object), submersed, submersing.

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

submersion [suhb-mur-zhuhn, -shuhn] , noun 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

1572, from L.L. submersionem (nom. submersio), from submersus, pp. of submergere "to sink" (see submerge). Submersible (n.) as a type of submarine vessel is recorded from 1900.
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Example sentences
Injury reports about drowning or submersion injuries.
With summertime approaching, the number of submersion injuries is expected to increase.
Drowning in which the submersion event occurred during the study period.
By submersion only typical candidates are baptized at district and circuit conventions.
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