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sub

noun \ ˈsəb \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sub

First Known Use of sub

1777


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sub

verb

Definition of sub

subbed; subbing
intransitive verb
: to act as a substitute
transitive verb
1 British : to read and edit as a copy editor : subedit
2 : subcontract 1

Examples of sub in a Sentence

  1. Smith subbed for Jones at halftime.

  2. subbing in a Broadway play

  3. Smith subbed Jones at halftime.

First Known Use of sub

1853

sub Synonyms


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sub

noun

Definition of sub

First Known Use of sub

1913


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sub

abbreviation

Definition of sub

1 subaltern
2 subscription
3 subsidiary
4 suburb

sub-

prefix

Definition of sub-

1 : under : beneath : below
  • subsoil
  • subaqueous
2 a : subordinate : secondary : next lower than or inferior to
  • substation
  • subeditor
b : subordinate portion of : subdivision of
  • subcommittee
  • subspecies
c : with repetition (as of a process) so as to form, stress, or deal with subordinate parts or relations
  • sublet
  • subcontract
3 : less than completely, perfectly, or normally : somewhat
  • subacute
  • subclinical
4 a : almost : nearly
  • suberect
b : falling nearly in the category of and often adjoining : bordering on
  • subarctic

Origin and Etymology of sub-

Middle English, from Latin, under, below, secretly, from below, near, from sub under, close to — more at up


SUB Defined for English Language Learners

sub

verb

Definition of sub for English Language Learners

  • : to take the place of another person : to act as a substitute ( chiefly Brit )


sub-

prefix

Definition of sub- for English Language Learners

  • : under : beneath : below

  • : at a lower rank or secondary level

  • : division or smaller part of


SUB Defined for Kids

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sub

noun \ ˈsəb \

Definition of sub for Students

: 1substitute Our teacher was out so we had a sub.

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sub

verb

Definition of sub for Students

subbed; subbing
: to act as a substitute

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sub

noun

Definition of sub for Students


sub-

prefix

Definition of sub- for Students

1 : under : beneath : below
  • submarine
2 : lower in importance or rank : lesser
3 : division or part of
  • subset

Law Dictionary

sub-

prefix

legal Definition of sub-

1 : under : beneath : below
  • substandard
2 a : subordinate : secondary : next lower than or inferior to
  • subagent
b : subordinate portion of : subdivision of
  • subchapter
  • subcommittee
c : assigning to another by the same method
  • sublicense
  • subcontract


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