Definition of submerge in English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to be under water.

    ‘houses had been flooded and cars submerged’
    • ‘Apparently a great earthquake caused a cataclysmic rush of water to submerge the parish of Feadaill at the south end of the loch and all its inhabitants perished.’
    • ‘A sheet of glass was blown out of one window, the car park was submerged and water gradually rose up the main steps.’
    • ‘Crews in Central Texas pulled this woman to safety after fast-moving waters swept and submerged her car.’
    • ‘And why did the telephone still work when it was completely submerged under water?’
    • ‘The little boy was submerged under the water when the crews got there.’
    • ‘We collect our water samples from about knee high, and we take a sterile bottle, and submerge it under the water and open up the cap under the water and collect the water so the bottle is completely full.’
    • ‘I can't imagine a prisoner being submerged in water up to the neck.’
    • ‘In 1953, 250 car bodies were submerged off Alabama for use as artificial reefs.’
    • ‘Because, as you can see, so many of the homes in this neighborhood are completely submerged, under water.’
    • ‘Her claim for damages was still under consideration by City Hall when yesterday morning's flood waters submerged her home.’
    • ‘The road was impassable and parts were submerged in 2ft of water.’
    • ‘I packed everything I could into plastic bags and sealed the tops, then submerged them in icy water in the sink.’
    • ‘The areas adjoining Devi Nagar, including Dadiana, Dandehri, Manakpur and Lohgarh villages were submerged in water.’
    • ‘The first problem with the pipes occurred in late August when a leak resulted in the facility's plant room being submerged in water.’
    • ‘Is this any more strange than dressing them in white and totally submerging them in water?’
    • ‘The levees failed and much of that city was submerged under water.’
    • ‘Flood-hit Fair Oak traders are still counting the cost of a huge torrent of water which submerged part of the shopping parade.’
    • ‘Low agricultural lands are now submerged in water due to heavy rains, which will dry out in Autumn and will generate another picturesque view.’
    • ‘Houses in Mastgarh village are still submerged in knee-deep water after the recent rains that lashed out the area for three consecutive days.’
    • ‘The road was submerged as flood water rose in the area.’
    flood, inundate, deluge, engulf, swamp, immerse, drown
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    1. 1.1no object Descend below the surface of an area of water.
      ‘the U-boat had had time to submerge’
      • ‘Smiling wickedly, he parted her long legs and submerged under the frothy surface of the water.’
      • ‘Standing near the transom opening, all six men donned their gear, including heavy weight belts and tanks, which caused the stern to submerge below the waterline.’
      • ‘It surfaces, submerges, throws torpedoes in the water, hits its targets, and then continues on its quality mission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The temple's just up past the bridges, let's hurry before the ground below us submerges too!’
      go under water, dive, sink, plunge, plummet, drop, go down
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    2. 1.2 Completely cover or obscure.
      ‘the tensions submerged earlier in the campaign now came to the fore’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After not getting the pleasure he requires from his only love he turns to Banquo who up till now has kept his feelings submerged.’
      hide, conceal, veil, cloak, repress, suppress
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Early 17th century: from Latin submergere, from sub- ‘under’ + mergere ‘to dip’.