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 Lake Mead's highest potential water level is 1,229 feet – almost deep enough to submerge the Empire State Building. Fox News, 1 Aug. 2021 Make the green banana puree: In a medium pot, cover the bananas with water to submerge them; the bananas will bob up and down. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 But the bigger worry going into Ida was that a catastrophic storm surge would breach New Orleans’s levees and submerge the city as happened 16 years ago to the day during Hurricane Katrina. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2021 In July, the Greenland ice sheet experienced one of the most significant melting events in the past decade, losing more than 8.5 billion tons of surface mass in a single day, which was enough to submerge Florida in two inches of water. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade and fully submerge the steak to marinate overnight. Brooke Williamson, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2021 Get ready to submerge yourself in pastel rainbow and neon hues. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 6 Aug. 2021 There is no denying that Sturgis was born with an artistic flare, and loves to submerge herself in creativity. Angela Lei, Forbes, 23 June 2021 This impulse to go beyond himself, to submerge himself in the collective, wasn’t foreign to his scholarly work, either. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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26 Sep 2021

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“Submerge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 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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