verb (used with object), sub·mit·ted, sub·mit·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·mit·ted, sub·mit·ting.

Origin of submit

1325–75; Middle English submitten < Latin submittere to lower, reduce, yield, equivalent to sub- sub- + mittere to send
Related formssub·mit·ta·ble, sub·mis·si·ble [suhb-mis-uh-bel] /səbˈmɪs ə bɛl/, adjectivesub·mit·tal, nounsub·mit·ter, nounsub·mit·ting·ly, adverbnon·sub·mis·si·ble, adjectivepre·sub·mit, verb (used with object), pre·sub·mit·ted, pre·sub·mit··sub·mit, verb, re·sub·mit·ted, re·sub·mit·ting.un·sub·mit·ted, adjectiveun·sub·mit·ting, adjective

Synonyms for submit

5, 7. comply, bow, obey, agree, resign.

Synonym study

1. See yield.

Antonyms for submit

1. fight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for submitted

Contemporary Examples of submitted

Historical Examples of submitted

  • And they submitted to this without a murmur; but all sighed for salt!

  • He submitted to her embrace, but scarcely spoke, and asked nothing about Corney.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • If there had been any change in her manner to him, he would not have submitted so easily, probably.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He submitted to the French power, took the oath of allegiance, and became a French citizen.

  • But then there was constraint in the correspondence—it was submitted to her mother.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for submitted


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 Formssubmittable 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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Word Origin and History for submitted



late 14c., "to place (oneself) under the control of another," from Latin submittere "to yield, lower, let down, put under, reduce," from sub "under" (see sub-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Sense of "refer to another for consideration" first recorded 1550s. Related: Submitted; submitting.

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