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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Forty miles west of Baton Rouge, parts of Henderson, Louisiana, are now submerged. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "More rain could hit Louisiana after flooding turns deadly," 6 June 2019 When it's done, Whitman submerges the paper in water, and the unbaked paint washes away, leaving behind an impression of the plant. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change," 5 June 2019 Realistically speaking, no grown woman can comfortably submerge herself in a tub that’s constantly draining. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $9 Drain Cover Solves Your Biggest Bathtub Problem," 30 May 2019 Although there were some airtight compartments when the ship went down much of it including the guns, engines, electronics, and other critical components were submerged in corrosive seawater for nearly four months. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 And to use architecture to submerge people 80 feet into the ground to feel the different pressure. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "David Adjaye's Message to Architects: Stop Building McMansions," 26 Mar. 2019 Fill the container with enough water to submerge the bottom third of the seed, the Missouri Botanical Garden advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 Once the egg is submerged, don't stir it or touch it immediately. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Poach an Egg Like a Pro," 20 Feb. 2019 While not technically challenging, brining does tack on significant time, as the turkey must be submerged in a mixture of salt, water, and herbs for several hours. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle Celebrate Thanksgiving, Now That She's a Royal?," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of submerge was in the 15th century

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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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