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verb sub·mit \səb-ˈmit\

Simple Definition of submit

  • : to give (a document, proposal, piece of writing, etc.) to someone so that it can be considered or approved

  • : to stop trying to fight or resist something : to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing

  • : to offer (something) as an opinion or suggestion

Full Definition of submit


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to yield to governance or authorityb :  to subject to a condition, treatment, or operation <the metal was submitted to analysis>

  3. 2 :  to present or propose to another for review, consideration, or decision; also :  to deliver formally <submitted my resignation>

  4. 3 :  to put forward as an opinion or contention <we submit that the charge is not proved>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a :  to yield oneself to the authority or will of another :  surrenderb :  to permit oneself to be subjected to something <had to submit to surgery>

  7. 2 :  to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another

sub·mit·tal play \-ˈmi-təl\ noun

Examples of submit

  1. Candidates interested in the position should submit their résumés to the Office of Human Resources.

  2. Submit your application no later than January 31st.

  3. Requests must be submitted in writing.

  4. Photographs submitted for publication will not be returned.

Origin of submit

Middle English submitten, from Latin submittere to lower, submit, from sub- + mittere to send

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of submit

yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, relent, defer mean to give way to someone or something that one can no longer resist. yield may apply to any sort or degree of giving way before force, argument, persuasion, or entreaty <yields too easily in any argument>. submit suggests full surrendering after resistance or conflict to the will or control of another <a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God>. capitulate stresses the fact of ending all resistance and may imply either a coming to terms (as with an adversary) or hopelessness in the face of an irresistible opposing force <officials capitulated to the protesters' demands>. succumb implies weakness and helplessness to the one that gives way or an overwhelming power to the opposing force <a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood>. relent implies a yielding through pity or mercy by one who holds the upper hand <finally relented and let the children stay up late>. defer implies a voluntary yielding or submitting out of respect or reverence for or deference and affection toward another <I defer to your expertise in these matters>.

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February 11, 2016

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