submit

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

Essential Meaning of submit

1 : to give (a document, proposal, piece of writing, etc.) to someone so that it can be considered or approved Candidates interested in the position should submit their résumés to the Office of Human Resources. Submit your application no later than January 31st. See More ExamplesRequests must be submitted in writing. Photographs submitted for publication will not be returned.Hide
2 : to stop trying to fight or resist something : to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing He vowed that he would never submit. [=give in]
3 formal : to offer (something) as an opinion or suggestion

Full 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Intel notified employees Thursday that they must be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to twice-weekly tests, a step toward compliance in a pending federal vaccine mandate for government contractors. oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2021 Instead, under current state rules, teachers had to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing starting Oct. 15, although districts can adopt stricter policies. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 All Navajo Nation executive branch employees had to be fully vaccinated against the virus by the end of September or submit to regular testing. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 Finally, the Biden administration has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to mandate that employers with 100 or more employees ensure all employees are fully vaccinated or submit to mandatory masking and weekly testing. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Nov. 2021 The ruling comes as US employers are gearing up to comply with rules issued by the Biden Administration that require companies with at least 100 employees to get their workers vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to regular testing. Reuters, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 There was a lot of screaming and yelling in September when Biden announced the new Covid requirements, which require companies with 100 employees or more to compel employees to get vaccinated or submit to weekly Covid testing. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 In some places, all three classes of workers must either get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2021 Other school systems in the region have set deadlines for their employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 1 Nov. 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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15 Nov 2021

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“Submit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submit. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for submit

submit

verb
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.

submit

verb
sub·​mit
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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