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From Middle English submitten, borrowed from Latin submittere, infinitive of submittō (place under, yield), from sub (under, from below, up) + mitto (to send). Compare upsend.


  • enPR: səbmĭtʹ, IPA(key): /səbˈmɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪt
  • Hyphenation: sub‧mit
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submit (third-person singular simple present submits, present participle submitting, simple past and past participle submitted)

  1. (intransitive) To yield or give way to another.
    They will not submit to the destruction of their rights.
  2. (transitive) To yield (something) to another, as when defeated.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To enter or put forward for approval, consideration, marking etc.
    I submit these plans for your approval.
    • 1843, Thomas Macaulay, Sir James Mackintosh's History of the Revolution
      We submit that a wooden spoon of our day would not be justified in calling Galileo and Napier blockheads because they never heard of the differential calculus.
  4. (transitive) To subject; to put through a process.
    • 1859, Victor Regnault, Elements of Chemistry:
      [Skins] must be submitted to several washings, treadings, and stretchings, before they acquire the necessary pliancy.
  5. (transitive, mixed martial arts) To win a fight against (an opponent) by submission.
    • Okamoto, Brett (December 28, 2013), “Ronda Rousey wins with arm bar”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1],, retrieved January 6, 2014
      "[Ronda] Rousey, a former U.S. Olympian in Judo, caps off a perfect year in which she submitted Liz Carmouche in the first-ever UFC female fight and coached opposite [Miesha] Tate in "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series."
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To let down; to lower.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Sometimes the hill submits itself a while.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To put or place under.
    • (Can we date this quote by Chapman and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The bristled throat / Of the submitted sacrifice with ruthless steel he cut.

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