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 submerge (audio) \ noun
submergible \ səb-​ˈmər-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce submerge (audio) \ adjective

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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 In a large pot, add enough water and create a medium boil and place the tongue inside so there is enough to submerge it. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Orange- and Wine-Braised Beef Tongue (Lengua)," 8 Feb. 2021 Yet another network is Argo, a sensor array that uses thousands of floating high-tech devices able to automatically submerge themselves in the water to retrieve measurements at various depths—from the surface to thousands of meters below. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Pandemic Is Undermining Weather Monitoring," 28 Jan. 2021 When a hydrangea is cut, displayed in a vase, and looking quite lifeless, turn the flower upside down and completely submerge its head into a bowl of water overnight. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Make Your Dying Hydrangeas Look Freshly Picked With This Easy Hack," 7 Dec. 2020 Her mother grabbed her before the man could fully submerge her. Justine Van Der Leun, The New Republic, "“No Choice but to Do It”: Why Women Go to Prison," 17 Dec. 2020 In another clean bowl or bucket, add enough room temperature water to submerge the hide completely. Beka Garris, Outdoor Life, "How to Soap-Tan a Rabbit Hide," 11 Dec. 2020 During this time, Hadrian was free to submerge himself in his childhood passion for Greek culture. History Magazine, "This Roman emperor spared no expense on his passion for all things Greek," 3 Dec. 2020 But big bruisers may submerge a jug repeatedly before anglers in a boat get close enough to net them. Keith Sutton, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Catch Big Catfish Without a Rod and Reel," 24 Nov. 2020 This sub can submerge at least temporarily to hide from Coast Guard and other law enforcement. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DEA Busts Electric-Powered Narcosub That Can Carry 6 Metric Tons of Cocaine," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Submerge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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