[ suhb-murj ]
/ səbˈmɜrdʒ /

verb (used with object), sub·merged, sub·merg·ing.

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), sub·merged, sub·merg·ing.

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


sub·mer·gence, nounnon·sub·mer·gence, nounre·sub·merge, verb, re·sub·merged, re·sub·merg·ing.un·sub·merg·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for submerge


submerse (səbˈmɜːs)

/ (səbˈmɜːdʒ) /


to plunge, sink, or dive or cause to plunge, sink, or dive below the surface of water, etc
(tr) to cover with water or some other liquid
(tr) to hide; suppress
(tr) to overwhelm, as with work, difficulties, etc

Derived forms of submerge

submergence or submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən), noun

Word Origin for submerge

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