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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Five Mile Creek in the Ketona-Tarrant area, including a bridge stretching across Alabama 79 that was completely submerged in a 2003 flood. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "These are the Birmingham area’s most flood-prone creeks. What’s being done?," 14 Feb. 2020 In other words, for atmospheres or bars, just multiply the number by 10 for the number of meters under which it can be submerged. NBC News, "Is the iPhone or Apple Watch waterproof? A guide to water-resistant devices," 7 Feb. 2020 The participants collaborated on a dozen pieces, including photo collages that submerge women’s faces under various patterns and one that inscribes translucent fabric with lines from the 13th-century mystic poet Rumi. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: A D.C.-Madrid ‘conversation’ beween artists, two shows infused with color and light, and Persian perspectives," 7 Feb. 2020 To make the soup: Add the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaf, salt and pepper to a large pot; add water to cover everything by about ½ inch, ensuring chicken is submerged. Julia Clancy,, "Necessary chicken soup: one method, three recipes," 5 Feb. 2020 After the first round of drinking beer, each freshman was then held upside down over a trash can filled with water as their head was submerged under the water. David Robinson, USA TODAY, "Christmas-themed hazing at Cornell frat party linked to investigation of student's death," 29 Jan. 2020 With their belongings submerged in 18 feet of water, the family needed help. Vincent T. Davis,, "Retired airman’s storied resume shines through at new job with San Antonio Zoo," 27 Jan. 2020 It had been weighed down with metal objects before being submerged in an irrigation slough near Woodland, about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco. Don Thompson,, "Father arrested in killings of 5 of his infant children," 27 Jan. 2020 Photos and videos circulated on social media showing intense flooding turning alleyways into rivers and drenching some of the city's major attractions, such as St. Marks Basilica, which was submerged in more than three feet of water. Fox News, "Venice canals nearly dry, months after historic floods," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of submerge was in the 15th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Submerge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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