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

Other Words from submerge

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web But to submerge the fleet would be to cede the surface of the ocean, and the skies above it, to enemy forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 The roots will likely be a tangled mess, so carefully straighten them, remove any lingering potting medium and then submerge the roots briefly into the bowl of water to determine which are dead and need to be trimmed off. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Nacho's willingness to fully submerge himself in it. Kat Rosenfield,, 26 Apr. 2022 For a snake plant, Lalicata says, immerse the bottom third of the leaf; for ZZ plants, submerge just the bottom tip of the leaf. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 First, fill a sink or bowl with room-temperature water, deep enough to completely submerge each air plant. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2022 If the nail doesn't release easily, go back a step and submerge your nails once again for a few extra minutes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 For candidates who aren't as fortunate, Alexander advises anyone interested in running for office to submerge themselves in that climate and culture. Eplunus Colvin, Arkansas Online, 30 Jan. 2022 Pour enough boiling water into each bowl to submerge its contents. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Submerge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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