Definition of submerse in English:

submerse

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Submerge.

    ‘pellets were then submersed in agar’
    emerse
    • ‘While his cousin was submersed in thought, he watched her.’
    • ‘The crowd was chuckling, but I was still submersed in my delight.’
    • ‘When emergencies come up, think about whether you can handle it yourself before you delegate it to a programmer who is deeply submersed in a project.’
    • ‘Stripping off her leather breeches and boots, and her tunic, Isabella slid into the sudsy, herbal scented water of the tub, submersing her body up to her chin.’
    • ‘And in his free time when he wasn't submersing himself into some body of water somewhere, he was playing in a local rock band.’
    • ‘Our job is to improvise the fifth act by submersing ourselves in the first four acts.’
    • ‘A low-pitched whine began to fill the air and Meridia's hair and clothes floated as if she was submersed in water.’
    • ‘There's also an entity known as trench foot, which actually is caused by submersing your feet, literally, in cold water for long periods of time.’
    • ‘This is one of the great strengths of the play; though it may at times seem over-determined, and perhaps even obvious, the audience is entirely submersed in the characters and their worlds.’
    • ‘Soon, we were submersed in play, shooting the afternoon carelessly away.’
    • ‘The sponges were saturated by submersing them in water and then shaking them to release excess water.’
    • ‘In his second term, of course, Houdini submersed himself in a padlocked iron cage a mile deep in boiling water and left his fate to a gaggle of witches, a silly young intern, and Inspector Javerts.’
    • ‘I submersed myself in the feeling, letting my head go under for a moment.’
    • ‘Prior to feeding, colostrum containers were submersed in warm water for approximately 30 min for complete thawing, and their quality was estimated with a colostrometer.’
    • ‘The path is submersed in water maintained at body temperature.’
    • ‘When you're submersed up to your neck, the water cancels out about 90 percent of your body weight, significantly reducing stress on your weight-bearing joints, bones and muscles.’
    • ‘Each time I submersed myself in a project, the phone would ring, and I would allow it to distract me in another direction.’
    • ‘I reached over and switched off the light, submersing the room in complete darkness.’
    • ‘I spoke with one resident whose house did not burn, and he mentioned that some people placed personal belongings in trash bags and submersed them in the full swimming pools to escape the fires.’
    • ‘If it's a choice between Sullivan getting his way and submersing my kids in this sort of culture, and Sullivan leaving, then I will bid Sullivan goodbye.’
    immerse, steep, submerge, submerse, dip, sink, dunk, bathe, wet, rinse, douse, marinate, souse, pickle, ret
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adjective

Botany
  • Denoting or characteristic of a plant growing entirely under water.

    ‘the submerse form is slender’
    Contrasted with emerse
    • ‘Moreover, when flooding results in complete submergence, and in normally submersed aquatic plants, availability to the shoots of carbon dioxide, light and oxygen typically diminish.’
    • ‘Similarly, effects of submersed aquatic plants on egg distribution and movement have clear counterparts in the dynamics of seeds, where plants can trap seeds as well as influence their germination success.’
    • ‘The submersed aquatic plant mermaid weed was collected once in 1997.’
    • ‘Shallow lakes often exhibit alternative vegetative states, one a clear-water state dominated by submersed aquatic vegetation and the other a turbid state dominated by pelagic phytoplankton.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin submers- plunged below, from the verb submergere (see submerge).

Pronunciation:

submerse

/səbˈməːs/