sub·​merge səb-ˈmərj How to pronounce submerge (audio)
submerged; submerging

transitive verb

: to put under water
: to cover or overflow with water
: to make obscure or subordinate : suppress
personal lives submerged by professional responsibilities

intransitive verb

: to go under water
submergence noun
submergible adjective

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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Word History


Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to plunge — more at merge

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Submerge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


sub·​merge səb-ˈmərj How to pronounce submerge (audio)
submerged; submerging
: to put or go underwater
the whale submerged
: to cover or become covered with or as if with water
floods submerged the town

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