Pronunciation: (sub-mûrjd'), [key]
1. under the surface of water or any other enveloping medium; inundated.
2. hidden, covered, or unknown: There are many submerged facts which could have a bearing on the case.
3. poverty-stricken; destitute; impoverished: a program to aid the submerged socioeconomic groups.
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