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

v put under water

submerge your head completely”
Synonyms:
submerse
Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

v cover completely or make imperceptible

Synonyms:
drown, overwhelm
Type of:
cover, spread over
form a cover over

v fill or cover completely, usually with water

Synonyms:
deluge, inundate
Type of:
flood
cover with liquid, usually water

v sink below the surface; go under or as if under water

Synonyms:
submerse
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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