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 Place them in a bowl and cover with enough water to submerge them by at least a couple of inches. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Pasta Granny goals: 3 frugal recipes from our new favorite cookbook," 7 Jan. 2020 Take a polar plunge There are few good reasons to submerge yourself in ice-cold water. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin winter bucket list: 12 things you have to do," 2 Jan. 2020 Our favorite air fryer does a great job of providing the perfect crispiness to French fries and fried chicken, without the mess (or calories) of submerging them in hot oil. Kate Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "20 things that will help you eat better and get in shape in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 Soak the beans for 8 hours or overnight, placing them in a bowl covered with enough water to submerge them by at least a couple of inches., "Recipe: Anna’s Cresc’tajat Pasta with Beans," 4 Dec. 2019 He can be seen walking into the water and submerging himself in the water before getting back out. Allen Kim, CNN, "Browns fan goes on rant and jumps into Lake Erie after revenge loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 2 Dec. 2019 In this case, returning the Miami Beach golf course back to nature would involve fully submerging it in Biscayne Bay. Alex Harris,, "Miami Beach is waging war on sea rise. One idea: Turn a golf course into wetlands.," 23 Sep. 2019 In 1813, archaeologists recovered Ramses’ temples from the desert, and their immortality seemed assured until 1960, when plans to dam the Nile threatened to submerge them and other ancient monuments in the region. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 2019 His version of fun and self-fulfillment was as honorable and simple as submerging himself in trustworthiness and credibility. Tom Hoffarth,, "Bob Ley’s trusted and credible low-key voice will be missed at ESPN," 30 June 2019

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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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

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“Submerge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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