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
Related formssub·mer·gence, nounnon·sub·mer·gence, nounre·sub·merge, verb, re·sub·merged, re·sub·merg·ing.un·sub·merg·ing, adjective

Synonyms for submerge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for submerge

Contemporary Examples of submerge

  • Submerge the apple slices in the syrup and allow them to “rest” for a few hours or, even better, overnight.

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    Alex Guarnaschelli

    September 15, 2011

  • They're not willing to submerge their anger for the sake of winning elections.

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    The GOP Is Blowing It

    Peter Beinart

    June 9, 2010

Historical Examples of submerge

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for submerge


submerse (səbˈmɜːs)


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 Formssubmergence or submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən), noun

Word Origin for submerge

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

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