sub·​merge | \ səb-ˈmərj How to pronounce submerge (audio) \
submerged; submerging

Definition of submerge

transitive verb

1 : to put under water
2 : to cover or overflow with water
3 : to make obscure or subordinate : suppress personal lives submerged by professional responsibilities

intransitive verb

: to go under water

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Other Words from submerge

submergence \ səb-​ˈmər-​jən(t)s How to pronounce submergence (audio) \ noun
submergible \ səb-​ˈmər-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce submergible (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for submerge


deluge, drown, engulf, flood, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerse, swamp



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Examples of submerge in a Sentence

After boiling the broccoli, submerge it in ice water to stop the cooking process. The town was submerged by the flood. We watched as the divers prepared to submerge. She's a marvelous actress who submerges herself totally in her roles.
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In Evanston, though beaches have shrunk and the dog beach is completely submerged, the city has found that buying and importing sand to replenish beaches isn't a sound investment. Tony Briscoe,, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 Always brine in the refrigerator, making sure that the food is submerged and covered with the liquid. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Brining helps meat stay moist during grilling," 23 May 2018 These are foods made like sauerkraut: submerged in brine and left to be cultured by good bacteria that break down starches and sugar and turn them sour. Polly Campbell,, "Pickled Pig to open deli in Walnut Hills," 17 Apr. 2018 Guests also tour Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire, hike the dormant Khorgo volcano, submerge their bodies in mineral-rich waters at Tsenkher hot springs, and trek through Chuluut River Canyon to see a sacred tree. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 At least two cars became fully submerged and one person was seen sitting on the top their car as water continued to rise. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Flood waters absolutely wrecked this Indiana road," 25 Feb. 2018 Scuba divers also flock here to explore a townsite that was submerged when part of the lake was dammed. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Top Wow Spots of Banff & Jasper National Parks," 22 Jan. 2018 If it's tarnished, mix a few drops of ammonia into soapy water, submerge the jewelry and carefully brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home," 8 Mar. 2017 Gloria Fanning just wanted to experience flotation pods — the trend where people submerge themselves in tanks filled with warm, salty water to meditate or relieve stress. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "A 71-year-old woman stopped breathing in a watery pod. Now, a lawmaker seeks changes," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of submerge

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for submerge

Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to plunge — more at merge

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English Language Learners Definition of submerge

: to make (someone or something) go under the surface of water or some other liquid : to cover (someone or something) with a liquid
: to go underwater
: to make (yourself) fully involved in an activity or interest


sub·​merge | \ səb-ˈmərj How to pronounce submerge (audio) \
submerged; submerging

Kids Definition of submerge

1 : to put under or plunge into water
2 : to cover or become covered with or as if with water Floods submerged the town.

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