[ suhb-mit ]
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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).

  2. to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.

  1. to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others: to submit a plan;to submit an application.

  2. 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.

  1. to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision, etc.: I submit to your superior judgment.

Origin of submit

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

synonym study For submit

1. See yield.

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Opposites for submit

Other words from submit

  • sub·mit·ta·ble, sub·mis·si·ble [suhb-mis-uh-bel], /səbˈmɪs ə bɛl/, 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), pre·sub·mit·ted, pre·sub·mit·ting.
  • re·sub·mit, verb, re·sub·mit·ted, re·sub·mit·ting.
  • un·sub·mit·ting, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use submit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for submit


/ (səbˈmɪt) /

verb-mits, -mitting or -mitted
  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)

  1. (tr often foll by to) to refer (something to someone) for judgment or consideration: to submit a claim

  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to state, contend, or propose deferentially

  3. (intr often foll by to) to defer or accede (to the decision, opinion, etc, of another)

Origin of submit

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

Derived forms of submit

  • submittable or submissible, adjective
  • submittal, noun
  • submitter, noun

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