[ suhb-murj ]
See synonyms for: submergesubmergedsubmerging on

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.

  1. to cover over; suppress; conceal; obscure; repress: 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

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin submergere, equivalent to sub- sub- + mergere “to dip, immerse”; see merge

Other words for submerge

Other words from submerge

  • sub·mer·gence, noun
  • re·sub·merge, verb, re·sub·merged, re·sub·merg·ing.
  • un·sub·merg·ing, adjective

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How to use submerge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for submerge


submerse (səbˈmɜːs)

/ (səbˈmɜːdʒ) /

  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

  1. (tr) to hide; suppress

  2. (tr) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc

Origin of submerge

C17: from Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to immerse

Derived forms of submerge

  • submergence or submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən), noun

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