[suh b-murs]

verb (used with object), sub·mersed, sub·mers·ing.

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

Examples from the Web for submersion

Contemporary Examples of submersion

  • But it was hardly rare—the kind of submersion we routinely see in flooded Mississippi River towns.

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    A Hurricane of Hype

    Howard Kurtz

    August 28, 2011

Historical Examples of submersion

Word Origin and History for submersion

early 15c., from Late Latin submersionem (nominative submersio), from past participle stem of submergere "to sink" (see submerge).



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

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