Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To place under water.
  • transitive v. To cover with water; inundate.
  • transitive v. To hide from view; obscure.
  • intransitive v. To go under or as if under water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sink out of sight.
  • v. To put into a liquid; to immerse; to plunge into and keep in.
  • v. To be engulfed in or with something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To plunge into water or other fluid; to be buried or covered, as by a fluid; to be merged; hence, to be completely included.
  • transitive v. To put under water; to plunge.
  • transitive v. To cover or overflow with water; to inundate; to flood; to drown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put under water; plunge.
  • To cover or overflow with water; inundate; drown.
  • To sink under water; be buried or covered, as by a fluid; sink out of sight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sink below the surface; go under or as if under water
  • v. put under water
  • v. cover completely or make imperceptible
  • v. fill or cover completely, usually with water

Etymologies

Latin submergere : sub-, sub- + mergere, to plunge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin submergere, from sub- ("under") + mergere ("to plunge"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Way back in 1966, when he first began assuming leadership of the organization he'd come to re-brand as the Family, he sent out a memo declaring that the time had come to "submerge" the group's public profile.

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  • Because place is such a major part of my writing and life, I thought it important that Bird Cloud breathe in and out of the landscape, a house subject not only to the wind, but to the drowning shadows that submerge it every evening and the sharp slice of sunlight at the eastern end of the cliff.

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  • Today we merge Washington's birthday with the birthdays of other presidents and submerge them all in clothing and appliance sales.

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  • Even though there is not enough water in the bowl to submerge large deposits, pull the lever and the deposits, loose towels, and a couple of stray cats will all disappear violently.

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  • I felt like I was part of a movement and wanted to submerge myself in gay culture.

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  • History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity...

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  • At 17.5 feet, waters begin to submerge Harriet Island Park across the river from downtown.

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  • Whales have blowholes on the top of their heads because they submerge themselves, and hippos have giant, high placed nostrils for the same reason.

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  • The style of writing in the Guardian really helps submerge you into the places described, which can also be a great escape from the day's creative chaos.

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  • In March 2006, he warned that a tsunami could submerge and destroy the diesel engines that pump cooling water to nuclear plants—something that happened at Fukushima Daiichi.

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  • Antony and Cleopatra, Act 2, Scene 5:
    "Half my Egypt were submerg'd and made / A cestern for scal'd snakes."

    September 2, 2009