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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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Examples from the Web for submergence
Historical Examples
  • Our submergence in a sea of conventionality of almost impenetrable density.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Even if you do your comedy next your submergence will be precisely the same.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • The rate of submergence has been estimated at about two feet per century.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • The depression was such that the submergence came very quickly.

    A. D. 2000 Alvarado M. Fuller
  • They reached the surface after about two hours of submergence.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • Clearly the island of Jersey underwent in those days some sort of submergence.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • The depth of the submergence in this case was only a few feet, but great depths may be reached with relative safety.

  • Neither tree nor bush grew upon it; their absence indicating that it was subject to annual submergence in the season of rain.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • As before, the insulation was greatly improved by submergence in the ocean.

    The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph

    Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
  • These beds are charged with the relics of a boreal and arctic fauna, and indicate a submergence of rather more than 100 feet.

British Dictionary definitions for submergence


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 submergence



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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