sub·mit | \səb-ˈmit \
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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Other Words from submit

submittal \səb-ˈmi-tᵊl \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for submit


bow, cave (in), give in, succumb, surrender, yield


hold off, resist

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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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Last year, an anonymous person submitted a donation to Planned Parenthood in Fitzgerald's name. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Kansas GOP candidate: 'Outside of Western civilization, there is only barbarism'," 7 July 2018 Researchers discovered that Straus consulted with the National Refugee Service, a Jewish agency, which advised him to submit affidavits of support for the family. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Anne Frank’s Family Tried to Escape to the United States, New Research Shows," 6 July 2018 Palestinian activists, for instance, have charged that Facebook, submitting to Israeli government pressure, is far too aggressive in deleting posts and pages from Palestinians who are accused of violating the site’s guidelines. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 The public has until July 3 to submit comments on the USDA's proposal. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Genetically Modified Food Labels Are Coming, Here's What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 This isn’t the first time an arrest in a cold case was made after DNA was submitted to a genealogy site. Alexia Fernandez,, "Wedding DJ Arrested for the Brutal 1992 Rape and Murder of School Teacher Christy Mirack," 26 June 2018 Late last month the company announced that the space agency had invited MIS to submit a proposal for a technology flight demonstration mission. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Smart Robots Are the Secret to Spaceflight's Future," 15 June 2018 Anyone interested in the post is asked to submit a resume and letter of interest by 3 p.m. June 26 to board recording secretary Christine Rachford, 201 S. 7th St., St. Charles. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "St. Charles school board seeking new board member to succeed Gaffney," 13 June 2018 Students had to submit their speeches in advance, and practice them in front of a panel. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, "A High School Valedictorian’s Speech Was Cut Off Before She Could Discuss Sexual Assault," 12 June 2018

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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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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

: to offer (something) as an opinion or suggestion


sub·mit | \səb-ˈmit \
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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