submit

verb

sub·​mit səb-ˈmit How to pronounce submit (audio)
submitted; submitting

transitive verb

1
a
: to yield to governance or authority
b
: to subject to a condition, treatment, or operation
the metal was submitted to analysis
2
: to present or propose to another for review, consideration, or decision
also : to deliver formally
submitted my resignation
3
: to put forward as an opinion or contention
we submit that the charge is not proved

intransitive verb

1
a
: to yield oneself to the authority or will of another : surrender
b
: to permit oneself to be subjected to something
had to submit to surgery
2
: to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of submit in a Sentence

Candidates interested in the position should submit their résumés to the Office of Human Resources. Submit your application no later than January 31st. Requests must be submitted in writing. Photographs submitted for publication will not be returned.
Recent Examples on the Web Producers, studios/networks, agents, managers or publicists can submit an actor’s performance, with the actor’s permission, for consideration, but actors can also submit their own performance, as long as the performance aired or premiered between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Apr. 2024 If the case is accepted on its merits, the appellate court must decide if it will be decided in a summary disposition, whether briefs will be submitted either with or without oral arguments, or whether the case should be certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for consideration. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2024 To trace a gun, the agent has to submit a request to the personnel at the National Tracing Center in West Virginia, providing a description of the gun and its serial number. Ieva Jusionyte, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 All submissions must be submitted online via the SAG Awards’ website. Paul Grein, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2024 There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information submitted anonymously, the release said. Noelle Alviz-Gransee, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024 The county’s Office of Emergency Services received applications for the state grant funding in September 2022, then submitted the applications to the state’s Office of Emergency Services. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 Additionally, the student must submit to their school appropriate documents of their experience. Cynthia Howell, arkansasonline.com, 14 Apr. 2024 The answer, her attorney said, has to do with sealed documents Jolie submitted in the ex-couple’s separate but simultaneous custody dispute. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of submit was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Submit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submit. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

submit

verb
sub·​mit səb-ˈmit How to pronounce submit (audio)
submitted; submitting
1
: to subject to a process or treatment
the metal was submitted to analysis
2
: to present to another for review or decision
submit a question to the court
submit a report
3
: to put forward as an opinion, reason, or idea
we submit that the facts have not been established
4
: to give in to the authority, control, or choice of another

Legal Definition

submit

verb
sub·​mit
submitted; submitting

transitive verb

1
: to yield or subject to control or authority
to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the tribal courtSheppard v. Sheppard, 655 P.2d 895 (1982)
2
a
: to present or propose to another for review, consideration, or decision
specifically : to commit to a trier of fact or law for decision after the close of trial or argument
the trial court could properly submit both counts to the jury Rorie Sherman
b
: to deliver formally
3
: to put forward as an opinion or contention

intransitive verb

1
: to yield oneself
parties to a contract may agree in advance to submit to the jurisdiction of a given courtNational Equipment Rental, Ltd. v. Szukhent, 375 U.S. 311 (1964)
2
: to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion of another

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