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

Definition of submit

transitive verb

1a : 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

1a : 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Corps’ preliminary preferred alternative is different from the original preferred alternative submitted by project owner Pebble Limited Partnership. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Groups accuse Corps of Engineers of last-minute change favoring Pebble mine," 23 May 2020 Evan Ortega, a geography student at University of Washington, submitted a photo of himself and nominated a favorite teacher in preparation for his department’s graduation ceremony on June 11. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Less pomp, given circumstance: Students grapple with virtual graduations," 21 May 2020 Fall orders, containing 50 plugs, must be submitted by July 17 and will ship the week after Labor Day. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Here’s the buzz on this year’s winners in the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest," 20 May 2020 Applications submitted by email should not include Social Security numbers. USA TODAY, "Unlimited free testing, Canyon roaming, beach crowds: News from around our 50 states," 18 May 2020 But a review by The Oregonian/OregonLive of reopening plans submitted by each county suggests at least four may fall short. oregonlive, "Some Oregon counties reopening after finding flexibility in requirements for contact tracing," 15 May 2020 The club submitted proposal to the Floyd County Health Department and it was decided based on the size of the facility that no more than five players and one coach should convene. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Local AAU teams skipping nation's largest youth volleyball event due to COVID-19 concerns," 14 May 2020 The extensive 200-question survey is completed and submitted by companies trying to make the list. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "1,800 companies wanted to be on this Top 50 list. Only 2 automakers made it.," 12 May 2020 The committee has not only taken into account input from its two musicians, but also anonymous evaluations of guest conductors submitted by orchestra members. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Big shoes to fill: The search for the next music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of submit

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

History and Etymology for submit

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

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

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26 May 2020

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“Submit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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
formal : to offer (something) as an opinion or suggestion


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

Kids Definition of submit

1 : to leave to the judgment or approval of someone else I'm submitting a plan for consideration.
2 : to yield to the authority, control, or choice of another
3 : to put forward as an opinion, reason, or idea I submit that computers have changed business.


submitted; submitting

Legal Definition of submit

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)
2a : 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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