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[suh b-murj] /səbˈmɜrdʒ/
verb (used with object), submerged, submerging.
to put or sink below the surface of water or any other enveloping medium.
to cover or overflow with water; immerse.
to cover; bury; subordinate; suppress:
His aspirations were submerged by the necessity of making a living.
verb (used without object), submerged, submerging.
to sink or plunge under water or beneath the surface of any enveloping medium.
to be covered or lost from sight.
Origin of submerge
1600-10; < Latin submergere, equivalent to sub- sub- + mergere to dip, immerse; see merge
Related forms
submergence, noun
nonsubmergence, noun
resubmerge, verb, resubmerged, resubmerging.
unsubmerging, adjective
1. submerse. 2. flood, inundate, engulf. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Was it possible to submerge the cable in the Atlantic, and would it be safe at the bottom?

  • But it had been impossible even for grief to submerge the sweet youth in her.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Would that it could broaden and increase to a general deluge, and submerge the world!

    The Ghost William. D. O'Connor
  • Have we not all our deluges in private that submerge our world in tears?

    A Modern Mercenary

    Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • For six miles in the narrows it is too shallow for a submarine to submerge.

    The Story of Our Submarines

    John Graham Bower
  • We decide not to let it come any nearer, and give the alarm to submerge.

  • I decide nevertheless not to submerge, as our courses must soon diverge.

  • Too late the astounded and terrified Huns sought to submerge.

British Dictionary definitions for submerge


to plunge, sink, or dive or cause to plunge, sink, or dive below the surface of water, etc
(transitive) to cover with water or some other liquid
(transitive) to hide; suppress
(transitive) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc
Derived Forms
submergence, submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for submerge

c.1600, from Latin submergere "to plunge under, sink, overwhelm," from sub "under" (see sub-) + mergere "to plunge, immerse" (see merge). Intransitive use is from 1650s, made common 20c. in connection with submarines. Related: Submerged; submerging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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