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verb (used with object), sub路mit路ted, sub路mit路ting.
to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others: to submit a plan;to submit an application.
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路mit路ted, sub路mit路ting.
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Origin of submit

First recorded in 1325鈥75; Middle English submitten, from Latin submittere 鈥渢o lower, reduce, yield,鈥 equivalent to sub- 鈥渦nder, below, beneath鈥 + mittere 鈥渢o send鈥; see sub-

synonym study for submit

1. See yield.


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Where does聽submit聽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鈥75. The word is ultimately derived from the Latin submittere, meaning 鈥渢o lower, reduce, yield.鈥 This Latin verb is composed of two parts. The first part is sub-, a combining form based on the preposition sub, meaning 鈥渦nder, below.鈥 The second part is mittere, a verb meaning 鈥渢o send,鈥 often with the sense of 鈥渓etting (something) go.鈥 Fun fact: another sense of submittere in Latin was 鈥渢o let grow,鈥 as one does with their hair.

Some of the most common senses of submit in English are 鈥渢o turn in,鈥 as one submits a homework assignment or document, and 鈥渢o give in,鈥 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 鈥渢o send to鈥; see ad-)
  • commit (from Latin committere, literally 鈥渢o send with鈥; see com)
  • demit (from Latin d膿mittere, literally 鈥渢o send down鈥; see de)
  • emit (from Latin 膿mittere, literally 鈥渢o send out鈥; see e)
  • intermit (from Latin intermittere, literally 鈥渢o send between鈥; see inter)
  • intromit (from Latin intr艒mittere, literally 鈥渢o send in鈥; see intro)
  • omit (from Latin omittere, with a literal meaning of, roughly, 鈥渢o send in the way of鈥; see o-)
  • permit (from Latin permittere, literally 鈥渢o send through鈥; see per)
  • pretermit (from Latin praetermittere, literally 鈥渢o send past鈥; see preter)
  • remit (from Latin remittere, literally 鈥渢o send back鈥; see re)
  • transmit (from Latin tr膩nsmittere, literally 鈥渢o send across鈥; 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 (as opposed to the double t鈥檚 we see in mittere) are based on the past participle form of the verb: missus, 鈥(a) sent (thing).鈥 This is why the noun form of submit is submission鈥攁nd admission for admit, permission for permit, and so on.

How to use submit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for submit

/ (s蓹b藞m瑟t) /

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted
(often foll by to) to yield (oneself), as to the will of another person, a superior force, etc
(foll by to) to subject or be voluntarily subjected (to analysis, treatment, etc)
(tr often foll by to) to refer (something to someone) for judgment or considerationto submit a claim
(tr; may take a clause as object) to state, contend, or propose deferentially
(intr often foll by to) to defer or accede (to the decision, opinion, etc, of another)

Derived forms of submit

submittable or submissible, adjectivesubmittal, nounsubmitter, noun

Word Origin for submit

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