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


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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The only problem was that the cranes' bases were submerged in the river and none of the construction workers could access them. Kristina Goetz, The Courier-Journal, "Thunder Over Louisville has never been canceled. But there were some harrowing close calls," 20 Apr. 2018 According to the fire department, witnesses said the boy appeared to have suffered a medical incident that caused him to become submerged under water in a 6-foot deep part of the pool. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "7-year-old drowns at waterpark on Indianapolis' southeast side," 5 May 2018 Witnesses say the vehicle became completely submerged in the pond. Sarah Hager,, "Northern Kentucky man dies after driving vehicle into pond," 14 Apr. 2018 The site was originally on the riverbank in eastern Harris County, but over time, subsidence, dredging and construction of the Interstate 10 bridge near Channelview altered the path of the river and the site became partially submerged. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Clean up of San Jacinto Waste Pits moving forward," 9 Apr. 2018 Interstate 4 drivers have reported construction-zone incidents in which their cars were skewered by projectiles, bombarded with concrete, doused in oil, submerged in floodwater, broken by potholes and whacked with light poles. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Many trees can handle having their roots completely submerged in waterlogged soil in winter but are surprisingly intolerant of waterlogged soil in the heat of summer. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 Last June, a container with a copy of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, submerged in lard, was mailed to his office. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 Swarms of small mussels coated the line and his oyster cages submerged in Cattail Creek off the Magothy River. Tim Prudente,, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 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 \
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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