submerge

verb
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 On a recent day, hippos were submerged in some puddles to try to keep their skin from drying out in the extreme heat while birds picked at catfish stranded in the mud. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe’s severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife," 6 Nov. 2019 According to Natural Resources Defense Council, a charity, by 2050 rising sea levels will have submerged 17% of Bangladesh and displaced roughly 20m people. E.o’k. | Dhaka, The Economist, "How architects are designing buildings for Bangladesh’s tropical monsoon climate," 5 Nov. 2019 The Borei-class submarine ship was submerged during the launch. Fox News, "Russian nuclear sub successfully test-launches intercontinental ballistic missile, government claims," 30 Oct. 2019 Entire Pacific islands could be submerged, creating waves of climate refugees who might not have anywhere to go. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Rising sea levels threaten hundreds of millions -- and it's much worse than we thought," 30 Oct. 2019 Northern Dynasty would submerge particularly hazardous mine tailings, piled across more than 1,000 acres, in water to prevent acid generation. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 Much of Nagano City, a large prefectural capital — and host of the 1998 Winter Olympics — was submerged under muddy water after a levee burst on the Chikuma River. BostonGlobe.com, "Dramatic rescues played out across several trouble spots Sunday as Japan confronted the destruction wrought by the storm, with residents pulled off roofs by helicopters or rowed out of the floodwaters in boats.," 14 Oct. 2019 Much of Nagano City, a large prefectural capital — and host of the 1998 Winter Olympics — was submerged under muddy water after a levee burst on the Chikuma River. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "After Typhoon Hagibis, Dramatic Rescues of Residents Trapped by Floods," 13 Oct. 2019 Over time, the marsh too can end up submerged, resulting in open water. Tik Root, Time, "Ghost Forests Are Visceral Examples of the Advance of Climate Change," 7 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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“Submerge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submerges. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for submerge

submerge

verb
How to pronounce submerge (audio)

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 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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