- 1[intransitive, transitive] to go under the surface of water or liquid; to put something or make something go under the surface of water or liquid The submarine had had time to submerge before the warship could approach. submerge something The fields had been submerged by floodwater. Hippopotamuses cool down by submerging themselves in water.
- 2[transitive] submerge something to hide ideas, feelings, opinions, etc. completely Doubts that had been submerged in her mind suddenly resurfaced. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin submergere, from sub-
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːrdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they submerge
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːrdʒ//he / she / it submerges
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːrdʒɪz//past simple submerged
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːdʒd//past participle submerged
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːdʒd//-ing form submerging
BrE BrE//səbˈmɜːdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɜːrdʒɪŋ//