submerge

When you go swimming, you submerge your body in water. If your head is out of the water, it is not submerged — it's just wet.

To really soak a washcloth, you should submerge it in a basin of water. It is said that the word submerge was invented by William Shakespeare. We don't know that for sure, but we know that its appearance in the play Antony and Cleopatra is the first recorded time the word was written, and therefore read, by anyone.

Definitions of submerge
  1. verb
    put under water
    submerge your head completely”
    synonyms: submerse
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    type of:
    immerse, plunge
    thrust or throw into
  2. verb
    cover completely or make imperceptible
    synonyms: drown, overwhelm
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  3. verb
    fill or cover completely, usually with water
    synonyms: deluge, inundate
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    type of:
    flood
    cover with liquid, usually water
  4. verb
    sink below the surface; go under or as if under water
    synonyms: submerse
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    types:
    dive
    plunge into water
    belly-flop
    dive so that one hits the water with one's belly
    jackknife
    dive into the water bending the body at the waist at a right angle, like a jackknife
    type of:
    go down, go under, settle, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
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