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submerge (someone or something) in (something)

1. To place someone or something under the surface of a liquid; to immerse someone or something in some liquid. He submerged the pan in hot, soapy water to help loosen the food and grease that was stuck to it. The doctors submerged the patient in a solution meant to stimulate skin cell growth.
2. To cover someone or something with a liquid, either fully or partially. Used especially in passive constructions. Half the town was left submerged in mud after the hurricane. The entire cave is submerged in water, so we'll need scuba equipment to access it.
3. To obscure, obfuscate, or drowned out something with or through something else. The candidate is very good at submerging criticism in virulent attacks on her opponents. There are worries that recovery efforts will end up being submerged in the violent outbursts between the two countries.
4. To overwhelm, overpower, or overburden someone with something. I just feel like I'm being submerged in responsibilities that I've had no training for or experience with. He's going to put himself in an early grave with the way he submerges himself in his work.
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submerge (someone or something) under (something)

1. To plunge someone or something under the surface of a liquid, especially some body of water. I submerged myself under the surface of the lake to avoid detection by the guards. The heavy winds ended up capsizing the boat and submerging it under the waves.
2. To cover someone or something with a liquid, either fully or partially. Used especially in passive constructions. Half the town was left submerged under mud and debris after the hurricane. The entire cave is submerged under water, so we'll need scuba equipment to access it.
3. To obscure, obfuscate, or drowned out something with or through something else. The candidate is very good at submerging criticism under virulent attacks on her opponents. There are worries that recovery efforts will end up being submerged under the violent outbursts between the two countries.
4. To overwhelm, overpower, or overburden someone with something. Used especially in passive constructions. I just feel like I'm being submerged under all these different responsibilities. You can't start submerging the system under all these layers of complexity and expect it to work as it was originally intended.
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submerge someone or something in something

to immerse someone or something in a liquid. The preacher submerged Jeff in the water of the river as part of the baptism ceremony. Submerge the fish in the marinade for at least two hours.
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submerge someone or something under something

to put someone or something below the surface of a liquid. The maid submerged her mistress under the surface of the water for a moment and brought her up and dried her off. They submerged themselves under the surface of the water and had a look around.
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Encouraged by these results, Gur-Arieh designed a third tank that uses a single ring, rather than two half-rings, to submerge the cap.
Floodwaters still continue to submerge villages in Calumpit, Hagonoy, Pulilan, and Paombong in Bulacan even though the recent typhoon "Lando" (now a low pressure area) is currently not bringing rains over the province.
The downpour has caused the Welang River to overflow and submerge the Tambakrejo road at Kraton, up to one meter deep.
Enlisting the help of 64 volunteers, each participant was asked to submerge their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.
Initial trials have indicated that between 40-75% of molten metal weight/cu ft is required to continually submerge the column of scrap into the molten metal.
The River Yamuna is threatening to submerge more villages in the region.
The government hasn't issued any insurance to us so what will we do if our rickshaws submerge in the water," said Guddu, a rickshaw puller.
Blanch turnip greens, then submerge in ice water and drain.