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[suh b-mit] /səbˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), submitted, submitting.
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), submitted, submitting.
to yield oneself to the power or authority of another:
to submit to a conqueror.
to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment:
to submit to chemotherapy.
to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision, etc.:
I submit to your superior judgment.
Origin of submit
1325-75; Middle English submitten < Latin submittere to lower, reduce, yield, equivalent to sub- sub- + mittere to send
Related forms
submittable, submissible
[suh b-mis-uh-bel] /səbˈmɪs ə bɛl/ (Show IPA),
submittal, noun
submitter, noun
submittingly, adverb
nonsubmissible, adjective
presubmit, verb (used with object), presubmitted, presubmitting.
resubmit, verb, resubmitted, resubmitting.
unsubmitted, adjective
unsubmitting, adjective
1. comply, bow, obey, agree, resign. See yield.
1. fight. Unabridged
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  • But there are some objects which by their very nature will not submit to this test.

    The Problem of Truth H. Wildon Carr
  • He acts as He thinks best for us; and it is for us to submit without repining.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • Only be patient, Wilhelmine, submit, and bear with me the hard and distressing present.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • O Dulcie, I thought I was beginning to submit, and this has stirred all up again.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • I will make room for you willingly because I am to submit myself to you.

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for submit


verb -mits, -mitting, -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)
(transitive) often foll by to. to refer (something to someone) for judgment or consideration: to submit a claim
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to state, contend, or propose deferentially
(intransitive) often foll by to. to defer or accede (to the decision, opinion, etc, of another)
Derived Forms
submittable, submissible, adjective
submittal, noun
submitter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin submittere to place under, from sub- + mittere to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for submit

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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