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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

whats the difference between immersed and submersed?

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  • Yaybob
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    1 decade ago
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    There is no difference in their literal senses, that is, to put into or under water. They are synonyms.

    As metaphors, they both mean buried, but submersed seems to imply being uncomfortably buried by something unpleasant (like with too many bills), whereas immersed seems to have a flavor of burying oneself out of choice (like in a hobby)

    sub·merse

    1.. to submerge

    sub·merge

    1. to put or sink below the surface of water or any other enveloping medium.

    2. to cover or overflow with water; immerse.

    3. to cover; bury; subordinate; suppress: His aspirations were submerged by the necessity of making a living.

    4. to sink or plunge under water or beneath the surface of any enveloping medium.

    im·merse

    1. to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.

    2. to involve deeply; absorb: She is totally immersed in her law practice.

    3. to baptize by immersion.

    4. to embed; bury.

    (from dictionary.com)

  • 1 decade ago

    Submersion applies to covering something completely with water, whereas immersion can mean the act of lowering something into the water until it is covered, but may also mean getting deeply involved in a course of instruction, subject, or project. They are not synonymous.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Submersion is putting something totally under the water.

    Immersion is baptism by submerging a person.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "immersed" is "into", e.g. he was immersed in his studies", whereas "submersed" means "below", e.g. 9/10 of an iceberg is submersed.

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