from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb 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 verb To put under water; to plunge.
  • transitive verb To cover or overflow with water; to inundate; to flood; to drown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Latin submergere : sub-, sub- + mergere, to plunge.]

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From Latin submergere, from sub- ("under") + mergere ("to plunge").


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