Definition of submission in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈmiSHən/


1The action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person: they were forced into submission
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  • First, Hurston describes a gap in the relationship as Joe attempts to force Janie's submission to his authority.
  • On Friday last in Perth Ireland were forced into submission by a physically stronger Australian side in the first match of the International Rules series.
  • Ever since, Indigenous Peoples have been forced into submission, if not obliteration, in the name of civilization and progress all over the globe.
yielding, capitulation, acceptance, consent, compliance
1.1 Wrestling An act of surrendering to a hold by one’s opponent.
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  • In November 2000, he made his UFC debut, defeating his opponent with an armbar submission less than one minute into the fight.
  • In the Cadets he won with an inner-leg throw and followed the throw with an armlock for a submission.
  • Both arts employ chokes, armlocks, leglocks and other submission holds to defeat opponents.
surrender, capitulation, resignation, defeat
1.2 archaic Humility; meekness: servile flattery and submission
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  • It was a traverse through a world of humility, patience and submission - a long and tedious journey to be undertaken with faith, conviction and cheerfulness.
  • For months we've been subjected to proof after proof that we are no longer in control over our own bodies only to look forward to the ultimate humiliation of submission to the rite of passage - pain.
  • The images in this song are of loneliness, need, humility and submission.
compliance, submissiveness, acquiescence, passivity, obedience, docility, deference, subservience, servility, subjection
2The action of presenting a proposal, application, or other document for consideration or judgment: reports should be prepared for submission at partners' meetings
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  • Their services also include advising businesses in dealing with public sector purchasers and preparing proposals for submission to contracting bodies.
  • The deadline for submission of proposals was March 15.
  • Two months after the deadline for submission of applications the results will be made public.
presentation, presenting, proffering, tendering, proposal, proposing
2.1A proposal, application, or other document presented in this way.
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  • The respondents made detailed written submissions about these documents.
  • The Court has considered the written submissions of the applicant in this matter.
  • Members of the public can then write submissions to the ABA in relation to the applications.
proposal, suggestion, proposition, recommendation
2.2 Law A proposition or argument presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury.
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  • The judge recorded the submissions of her counsel in these terms.
  • That finding by the trial judge was made in the context of submissions by counsel.
  • We do not have the transcripts of any submissions which counsel made to the judge on this aspect.
argument, assertion, contention, statement, claim, allegation


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin submissio(n-), from the verb submittere (see submit).

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Syllabification: sub·mis·sion

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