what is the difference bewteen the words "submerse" and "immerse"?

can they be used interchangeably?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Submerse is to put under the water completely.

    Immerse is to put in water. Doesn't have to be totally.

    So you could submerse or immerse a submarine, but you wouldn't submerse a cat (if you value your hands).

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Define Submerse

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Depends on the usage. For example, "The U-boat was immersed/submerged" is NOT interchangable. However, "When my nephew was baptized, they immersed/submerged him in water" would be fine.

    In the first usage, we are talking about a sea-going vessel. The technical details are important, because a totally submerged vessel is a totally different mental picture than a partially immersed vessel

    In the second usage, we are talking about a ceremony. The mental picture is one that we are familiar with. No one would stick a baby under the water and leave him there. In both instances, we are assuming that the baby went under the water and then came back out.

    Hope that helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Submerse is under water, immerse is in the water.

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  • 1 decade ago

    submerse means under and immerse means in not underneath.

  • 1 decade ago

    The two words are synonyms, so yes, they're quite interchangeable.

  • 1 decade ago

    submerge: sink below the surface; go under or as if under water

    immerse:enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"

    and no.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The spelling.

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