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

  • adj. Botany Growing or remaining under water: submerged leaves.
  • adj. Living in poverty or misery.
  • adj. Having been hidden.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of submerge.
  • adj. underwater
  • adj. below the surface of a liquid
  • adj. hidden
  • adj. poor, impoverished

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

  • adj. beneath the surface of the water
  • adj. growing or remaining under water


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