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

Aristo also needs to have some model of ‘black pepper’ and ‘mixture’ because the answer would be different if the iron filings were submerged in a bottle of water. Wired, "AI Can Pass Standardized Tests—But It Would Fail Preschool," 10 Sep. 2019 The tornado warning expired at 4:45 p.m. Two people had to be rescued Friday afternoon from a vehicle that was partially submerged on Yosemite Street south of C-470, according to South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Severe storm brings flash flooding to south metro Denver, hail in the foothills, mudslide along I-70," 7 Sep. 2019 These beds are often used with patients who have life-threatening pneumonia and can tilt patients in order to expose portions of patients’ lungs that are submerged in secretions and unable to function. San Diego Union-Tribune, "More deaths associated with mysterious vaping illness; 11 cases reported in San Diego County," 6 Sep. 2019 Germany’s government shows little appetite to borrow to spend, even if its entire bond yield-curve is submerged below zero. The Economist, "Mario Draghi and the ECB confront a slowing euro zone," 5 Sep. 2019 There are teams touring the wreckage, which Homendy said is currently submerged by 60-65 feet of water and is inverted. CBS News, "NTSB says there will be a lengthy investigation into cause of deadly California boat fire," 4 Sep. 2019 The only public hospital was damaged and the two main supermarkets, along with their warehouses, were in an area of Freeport that was completely submerged. New York Times, "Bahamas Stunned as Hurricane Recedes: ‘It’s Like a Bomb Went Off’," 3 Sep. 2019 Tanks are filled with about 10 inches of water and anywhere from 1,000 to 1,400 pounds of Epsom salt, according to Float Sixty owner Gloria Morris, which helps prevent users from being submerged. Jeremy Mikula,, "Isolation and darkness in an enclosed space isn’t a nightmare. It’s flotation therapy, and Chicago Fire forward C.J. Sapong uses it to recover.," 29 Aug. 2019 It is estimated that much of the city’s northwest could be completely submerged by 2050, and residents living there may have to be evacuated to higher ground. Charlie Schmidt, Scientific American, "New Elevation Measure Shows Climate Change Could Quickly Swamp the Mekong Delta," 28 Aug. 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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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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