[ suh b-murjd ]
/ səbˈmɜrdʒd /


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

Origin of submerged

First recorded in 1790–1800; submerge + -ed2

Related forms

half-sub·merged, adjectivenon·sub·merged, adjectivesem·i·sub·merged, adjectiveun·sub·merged, adjective

Definition for submerged (2 of 2)


[ 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

Related forms

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for submerged (1 of 2)


submersed (səbˈmɜːst)

/ (səbˈmɜːdʒd) /


(of plants or plant parts) growing beneath the surface of the water
hidden; obscured
overwhelmed or overburdened

British Dictionary definitions for submerged (2 of 2)


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

submergence or submersion (səbˈmɜːʃən), noun

Word Origin for submerge

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