v. sub·merged, sub·merg·ing, sub·merg·es
1. To place under the surface of a liquid, especially water: submerged the pieces of chicken in the broth.
2. To cover with water or another liquid; inundate: The flood submerged the road.
3. To hide from view; obscure: "The few public tributes to Nat Turner in the mainstream black press of the late 1950s submerged the armed rebellion within a narrative of nonviolent protest" (Scot French).
1. To go under the surface of a body of water: The submarine submerged quickly to avoid detection.
2. To disappear as if by going under water.
[Latin submergere : sub-, sub- + mergere, to plunge.]
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