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 Curious Texas asked readers to submit questions to get answers directly during a conference call hosted by The Dallas Morning News. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Dallas street names, a WWII prisoner of war camp, TSA lights: Curious Texas answers a mailbag of questions," 4 May 2021 Families who are interested in online instruction for the fall semester are asked to submit a form to school officials by May 7 at 5 p.m. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore County public schools to offer both full-time online and in-person instruction for fall semester," 4 May 2021 Barrett Lo announced in October 2018 it had been asked by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to submit an application for a loan guarantee. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couture apartment tower construction starts Wednesday. That work begins nearly nine years after the project was first proposed.," 3 May 2021 Employees for the California state Assembly and Senate are being asked to submit their COVID-19 vaccination status as a way to assess whether the building is ready to safely reopen to more people, the Sacramento Bee reports. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 22-28, 2021," 2 May 2021 The homeless office asked organizations to submit proposals for new shelters, which could include villages, tiny homes on wheels and safe car sleeping sites. oregonlive, "$150 million: A guide to proposed Portland homeless spending next year," 23 Apr. 2021 The parks department asked developers to submit plans for recreation options on that part of the park back in 2015. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Gilbert’s getting a go-kart and mini golf venue, but neighbors aren’t pleased," 10 Apr. 2021 The four-day bio-blitz asked people to submit photos of wild plants, animals and fungi to see which city could find the most species. Los Angeles Times, "Pop-up digital forest in DTLA? Yes, please," 8 Apr. 2021 The city also asked developers this year to submit plans to redevelop the existing City Hall. Star Tribune Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: MPCA seeks $2.9 million to prep for storms," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Submit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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