Thesaurus

submit

Synonyms and Antonyms of submit

1 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control)
  • In the end he submitted and agreed to take that awful-tasting medicine.
Synonyms of submit
Words Related to submit
Phrases Synonymous with submit

say uncle, throw in the towel (also throw in the sponge)

Near Antonyms of submit
Antonyms of submit
2 to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit)
  • Refusing to submit to sleep, she stayed by her son's hospital bed the whole night.
Synonyms of submit
Words Related to submit
Near Antonyms of submit
Antonyms of submit
3 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces
  • The fort's commander received orders not to submit under any circumstances, as reinforcements were on the way.
Synonyms of submit
Words Related to submit
Near Antonyms of submit
Antonyms of submit

Synonym Discussion of 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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up submit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!