submerge

verb
sub·​merge | \ səb-ˈmərj \
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 \ noun
submergible \ səb-​ˈmər-​jə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for submerge

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

drain

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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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The girls’ bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, and Shanann Watts’ body was found in a shallow grave. Kathleen Foody, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors aim to keep how Colorado mom, girls died secret," 18 Sep. 2018 The girls' bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, and Shanann Watts' body was found in a shallow grave. Kathleen Foody, Fox News, "Prosecutors aim to keep how Colorado mom, girls died secret," 18 Sep. 2018 Further, when submerged, the sponge acts like a sponge, amiably sucking up water just as the untreated sponge does. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 With both squids submerged in a couple thousand gallons of formalin, the addition of these specimens were likely to raise an eyebrow or two. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 For something more adventurous, venture a mile south to the Windjammer wreck, a 19th-century ship submerged in just 20 feet of water. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 All five of the victims — identified as Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Brian McDaniel, 26; Trevor Cadigan, 26; Tristan Hill, 29; and Daniel Thompson, 34 — drowned as the helicopter submerged, according to the city medical examiner. NBC News, "Pilot points to harness in deadly East River helicopter crash," 26 Mar. 2018 Left over pickled jalapenos can be kept submerged in the brine, in the refrigerator, for 5-7 days. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 If necessary, add more broth or water to submerge ingredients by 1 inch. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 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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submerge

verb

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

submerge

verb
sub·​merge | \ səb-ˈmərj \
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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