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[ suhb-mit ]

verb (used with object)

, sub·mit·ted, sub·mit·ting.
  1. to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).

    Synonyms: resign, agree, obey, bow, comply

    Antonyms: fight

  2. to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
  3. to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others:

    to submit a plan;

    to submit an application.

  4. to state or urge with deference; suggest or propose (usually followed by a clause):

    I submit that full proof should be required.

verb (used without object)

, sub·mit·ted, sub·mit·ting.
  1. to yield oneself to the power or authority of another:

    to submit to a conqueror.

  2. to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment:

    to submit to chemotherapy.

  3. to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision, etc.:

    I submit to your superior judgment.


/ səbˈmɪt /


  1. often foll by to to yield (oneself), as to the will of another person, a superior force, etc
  2. foll by to to subject or be voluntarily subjected (to analysis, treatment, etc)
  3. troften foll byto to refer (something to someone) for judgment or consideration

    to submit a claim

  4. tr; may take a clause as object to state, contend, or propose deferentially
  5. introften foll byto to defer or accede (to the decision, opinion, etc, of another)

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Derived Forms

  • subˈmitter, noun
  • subˈmittal, noun
  • subˈmittable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • sub·mit·ta·ble sub·mis·si·ble [s, uh, b-, mis, -, uh, -bel], adjective
  • sub·mit·tal noun
  • sub·mit·ter noun
  • sub·mit·ting·ly adverb
  • non·sub·mis·si·ble adjective
  • pre·sub·mit verb (used with object) presubmitted presubmitting
  • re·sub·mit verb resubmitted resubmitting
  • un·sub·mit·ting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of submit1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English submitten, from Latin submittere “to lower, reduce, yield,” equivalent to sub- “under, below, beneath” + mittere “to send”; sub-

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Word History and Origins

Origin of submit1

C14: from Latin submittere to place under, from sub- + mittere to send

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Synonym Study

See yield.

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Example Sentences

The first one could be submitted for FDA review as early as October or November, and several more could follow within just a few months.

From Axios

However, nine leading vaccine developers pledged to not submit their vaccines for approval until data from phase 3 trials shows that they meet predetermined safety and efficacy thresholds.

From Vox

Three classrooms — Sheldon Middle School Advanced Math, Sheldon Middle School TAG, and Sheldon High School STEM — submitted strategies.

The test functionality can check the submitted URL against the content of the editor, allowing SEOs and site owners to check the URL for errors on the spot.

In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC submitted this afternoon, Palantir made changes to its documents that made clear that its corporate governance will be more opaque far after its public debut.

A 64-year-old animal trainer, he makes the six-hour round-trip every two weeks to submit to her and explore his sexuality.

By giving an artistic veto to a madman, we submit to the mindset of a slave.

Allah seems unlikely to enter into a “personal” relationship with Muslims, who readily submit to the divine will.

In early October, Health Republic allowed me to submit a “grievance claim” which I filed, along with a pile of backup documents.

That is not to say the students who submit to the elitism and racism promoted by the USC Greek system are wholly sympathetic.

To this, it is greatly to be feared, the fiery Southerns will not submit without an armed struggle.

Very instructive here is the way in which children will voluntarily come and submit themselves to our discipline.

And submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul receive discipline: for she is near at hand to be found.

Mr. Balfour, being an abstemious man, would not submit to the latter alternative, but consented to tell a story.

We leave Pernambuco, with a firm persuasion that this part of Brazil at least will never again tamely submit to Portugal.


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More About Submit

Where does submit come from?

As we see in our Behind The Word on transfer, submit is an excellent example of how Latin roots can be found all over English vocabulary.

Submit entered English around 1325–75. The word is ultimately derived from the Latin submittere, meaning “to lower, reduce, yield.” This Latin verb is composed of two parts. The first part is sub-, a combining form based on the preposition sub, meaning “under, below.” The second part is mittere, a verb meaning “to send,” often with the sense of “letting (something) go.” Fun fact: another sense of submittere in Latin was “to let grow,” as one does with their hair.

Some of the most common senses of submit in English are “to turn in,” as one submits a homework assignment or document, and “to give in,” as one submits to the will of another.

Back to the Latin roots. Latin combined mittere with a variety of its own prefixes to form new verbs, many of which made their way into English in the 1300s.

  • admit (from Latin admittere, literally “to send to”; see ad-)
  • commit (from Latin committere, literally “to send with”; see com)
  • demit (from Latin dēmittere, literally “to send down”; see de)
  • emit (from Latin ēmittere, literally “to send out”; see e)
  • intermit (from Latin intermittere, literally “to send between”; see inter)
  • intromit (from Latin intrōmittere, literally “to send in”; see intro)
  • omit (from Latin omittere, with a literal meaning of, roughly, “to send in the way of”; see o-)
  • permit (from Latin permittere, literally “to send through”; see per)
  • pretermit (from Latin praetermittere, literally “to send past”; see preter)
  • remit (from Latin remittere, literally “to send back”; see re)
  • transmit (from Latin trānsmittere, literally “to send across”; see trans)

Now, for sub-. Too many words to list here feature the prefix sub-, either as borrowed from Latin or formed in English. Below are just a few examples. Can you think of more?

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Many other English words contain sub-, but you might not know it at first glance. That’s due to a process called assimilation, which is when a sound becomes the same as or similar to a neighboring sound.

Before sp, sub- becomes su, as in suspect. Before c, sub- becomes suc, as in succeed. Sub- becomes suf- before f (suffer), sug- before g (suggest), and sum before m (summon). And just to be absolutely thorough, sub- becomes sup- before p, as in suppose, and sur- before r, as in surrogate.

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The Latin verb mittere shows up in many other English words, such as missile and mission. Without getting too far into the grammar weeds, those double s’s (as opposed to the double t’s we see in mittere) are based on the past participle form of the verb: missus, “(a) sent (thing).” This is why the noun form of submit is submission—and admission for admit, permission for permit, and so on.