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

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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 Weinberg sometimes had the impression that Hammons was submerging his identity in Matta-Clark’s. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, "David Hammons Follows His Own Rules," 2 Dec. 2019 The administration for France’s Var region said four people died, including a couple in their 70s from the perfume capital of Grasse whose car got submerged. USA TODAY, "5 dead in France, Italy after heavy rain, flooding traps travelers in their cars along Riviera coasts," 26 Nov. 2019 Moreover, even Tina’s physical abuse has submerged Southern sources: A black man born in Mississippi in 1931, Ike Turner was a product of the humiliations of the Jim Crow South and took his rage out on his wife. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Indestructibility of Tina Turner," 22 Nov. 2019 During the highest tide, the island can become submerged. Washington Post, "California tribe regains island it calls center of universe," 22 Oct. 2019 During the highest tide, the island can become submerged. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California tribe regains island it calls center of universe," 21 Oct. 2019 How Moldt’s car became submerged in the pond remains unclear. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "For 22 years, his disappearance was a mystery; then, someone spotted something odd in a Google Earth photo," 14 Sep. 2019 This was a little bit north of Fullerton Avenue, where the Buddha heads — big, white sculptures half-submerged in dirt — had been resting peacefully in the company of trees that seemed as sturdy as fortresses. Mary Schmich,, "Column: We love our Chicago thunderstorms, except when they take our trees," 16 Aug. 2019 While his daughter made it to the river’s shore safely, Tellovelasco became submerged and did come back up. Ashley Boucher,, "California Father Drowns in Oregon River Saving His 12-Year-Old Daughter's Life," 19 July 2019

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Submerge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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