sub

noun (1)
\ ˈsəb How to pronounce sub (audio) \

Definition of sub

 (Entry 1 of 5)

sub

verb
subbed; subbing

Definition of sub (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to act as a substitute

transitive verb

1 British : to read and edit as a copy editor : subedit

sub

noun (2)

Definition of sub (Entry 3 of 5)

Definition of sub (Entry 4 of 5)

1 subaltern
2 subscription
3 subsidiary
4 suburb

sub-

prefix

Definition of sub- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : under : beneath : below subsoil subaqueous
2a : 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
4a : almost : nearly suberect
b : falling nearly in the category of and often adjoining : bordering on subarctic

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Examples of sub in a Sentence

Verb Smith subbed for Jones at halftime. subbing in a Broadway play Smith subbed Jones at halftime.
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First Known Use of sub

Noun (1)

1777, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1853, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sub

Prefix

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

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“Sub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sub. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for sub

sub

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take the place of another person : to act as a substitute

sub-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of sub- (Entry 2 of 2)

: under : beneath : below
: at a lower rank or secondary level
: division or smaller part of

sub

noun
\ ˈsəb How to pronounce sub (audio) \

Kids Definition of sub

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

sub

verb
subbed; subbing

Kids Definition of sub (Entry 2 of 4)

: to act as a substitute

sub

noun

Kids Definition of sub (Entry 3 of 4)

sub-

prefix

Kids Definition of sub-

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

sub-

prefix

Legal Definition of sub-

1 : under : beneath : below substandard
2a : 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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