Definition of submerge in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈmərj/


[with object] (usually be submerged)
1Cause to be under water: houses had been flooded and cars submerged
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  • A sheet of glass was blown out of one window, the car park was submerged and water gradually rose up the main steps.
  • Her claim for damages was still under consideration by City Hall when yesterday morning's flood waters submerged her home.
  • The road was submerged as flood water rose in the area.
1.1 [no object] Descend below the surface of an area of water: the U-boat had had time to submerge
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  • Second, as mentioned above, drag forces are considerably higher if the swimmer remains at or near the water surface than if it submerges during swimming.
  • It surfaces, submerges, throws torpedoes in the water, hits its targets, and then continues on its quality mission.
  • Smiling wickedly, he parted her long legs and submerged under the frothy surface of the water.
go under water, dive, sink
1.2Completely cover or obscure: the tensions submerged earlier in the campaign now came to the fore
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  • In the multipolar world that has ensued from the end of the Cold War, submerged tensions between the US and Europe have come out into the open.
  • A dear friend's wedding can stir up all kinds of submerged emotions — and, crucially, a sense that life is, indeed, moving forward, whether you're ready for it or not.
  • After not getting the pleasure he requires from his only love he turns to Banquo who up till now has kept his feelings submerged.



Pronunciation: /səbˈmərj(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • The long-dreaded monsoon submergence of tribal villages in the Narmada Valley upstream from the massive Sardar Sarovar dam is under way.
  • At this height, submergence threatens 12,000 families.
  • Italians contemplate the submergence of their political culture and think: good riddance.


Pronunciation: /-jəbəl/
Example sentences
  • This fuzzy algae is working like submergible plants.
  • Materials for fabricating the second submergible instrument box have been ordered.
  • The present invention relates to oil-filled protectors for use with submergible electric motors and, more particularly, for use with electric submergible motors to be suspended within wellbores.


Early 17th century: from Latin submergere, from sub- 'under' + mergere 'to dip'.

Words that rhyme with submerge

converge, dirge, diverge, emerge, merge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, spurge, surge, urge, verge
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