sub

1 of 5

noun (1)

sub

2 of 5

verb

subbed; subbing

intransitive verb

: to act as a substitute

transitive verb

1
British : to read and edit as a copy editor : subedit
2

sub

3 of 5

noun (2)

sub

4 of 5

abbreviation

1
subaltern
2
subscription
3
subsidiary
4
suburb

sub-

5 of 5

prefix

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

Examples of sub in a Sentence

Noun (1) we had a sub in English today, so we didn't get our test results back Verb Smith subbed for Jones at halftime. subbing in a Broadway play Smith subbed Jones at halftime. Noun (2) we shared a tuna sub at lunch
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This was coupled with a doughnut shape of 68 triple 21-inch cardioid subs around the stage for even coverage throughout the venue, backed up by additional subs for the points furthest away. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 2 July 2024 The Paramount+ Limited Commercial Plan is increasing $1 to $7.99 for current subs. Dominic Patten, Deadline, 25 June 2024
Verb
Midfielder Riqui Puig, who subbed into the game in the second half after not playing for over three weeks, found a clean look from outside the middle of the penalty box. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 29 June 2024 After giving up a massive, 446-foot bomb to Christopher Morel in the third inning, the Mets got Young hot once again and subbed in the lefty in the fourth inning. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sub 

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Word History

Etymology

Prefix

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sub was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Sub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sub. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sub

1 of 4 noun

sub

2 of 4 verb
subbed; subbing
: to act as a substitute

sub

3 of 4 noun

sub-

4 of 4 prefix
1
: under : beneath : below
subsoil
subfreezing
2
a
: being at a lower rank or secondary level
substation
b
: division or lesser part of
subcommittee
subtopic
c
: involving a secondary stage or process
sublet
subcontract
3
: less than completely, perfectly, or typically : somewhat
subdominant
4
: bordering upon
subarctic
Etymology

Prefix

from Latin sub- "under, below"

Legal Definition

sub-

prefix
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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