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submerged

[suh b-murjd]
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adjective
  1. under the surface of water or any other enveloping medium; inundated.
  2. hidden, covered, or unknown: There are many submerged facts which could have a bearing on the case.
  3. poverty-stricken; destitute; impoverished: a program to aid the submerged socioeconomic groups.

Origin of submerged

First recorded in 1790–1800; submerge + -ed2
Related formshalf-sub·merged, adjectivenon·sub·merged, adjectivesem·i·sub·merged, adjectiveun·sub·merged, adjective

submerge

[suh b-murj]
verb (used with object), sub·merged, sub·merg·ing.
  1. to put or sink below the surface of water or any other enveloping medium.
  2. to cover or overflow with water; immerse.
  3. to cover; bury; subordinate; suppress: His aspirations were submerged by the necessity of making a living.
verb (used without object), sub·merged, sub·merg·ing.
  1. to sink or plunge under water or beneath the surface of any enveloping medium.
  2. 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 formssub·mer·gence, nounnon·sub·mer·gence, nounre·sub·merge, verb, re·sub·merged, re·sub·merg·ing.un·sub·merg·ing, adjective

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1. submerse. 2. flood, inundate, engulf.
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submerged

submersed (səbˈmɜːst)

adjective
  1. (of plants or plant parts) growing beneath the surface of the water
  2. hidden; obscured
  3. overwhelmed or overburdened

submerge

submerse (səbˈmɜːs)

verb
  1. to plunge, sink, or dive or cause to plunge, sink, or dive below the surface of water, etc
  2. (tr) to cover with water or some other liquid
  3. (tr) to hide; suppress
  4. (tr) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc
Derived Formssubmergence or submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse
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Word Origin and History for submerged

submerge

v.

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.

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