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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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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 Experts said the journey from the boys’ cavern to the cave entrance, including long passages completely submerged in murky, rushing water, took even the best cave divers in the world six hours to navigate. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Updates: 4 Team Members Are Out, 9 to Go," 8 July 2018 Video posted on Twitter shows cars partially submerged in water as rain comes down. CBS News, "Heavy rains cause Fourth of July flooding in Houston," 4 July 2018 In the Bay Foundation’s two-year-old Abalone Research Laboratory on Terminal Island, abalone of varying sizes pass their days submerged in white tanks of saltwater. Degen Pener, Los Angeles Magazine, "What’s Being Done to Revive L.A.’s Decimated Abalone Population," 22 June 2018 Authorities found two males and one female submerged in the water around 3 a.m. local time at the Chapel Tower complex in Durham, officials tell PEOPLE in a statement. PEOPLE.com, "3 Die of Possible Drowning in Mysterious Pool Incident Near North Carolina's Duke University," 20 June 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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More Definitions for submerge

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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