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[suh b-murs]
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verb (used with object), sub·mersed, sub·mers·ing.
  1. to submerge.
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Origin of submerse

1830–40; probably back-formation from submersion < Late Latin submersiōn-, stem of submersiō a sinking, equivalent to Latin submers(us) past participle of submergere to submerge + -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·mer·sion [suh b-mur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /səbˈmɜr ʒən, -ʃən/, noun
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Related Words for submerse

bathe, souse, duck, wash, pitch, slop, soak, lave, irrigate, splash, douse, wet, dunk, moisten, plunge, slosh, water, baptize, submerge, drench

Word Origin and History for submerse


early 15c., from Latin submersus, past participle of submergere (see submerge). Related: Submersed; submersing.

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