Definition of sub in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌb/


1A submarine: the yachtsman claimed his boat had been sunk by a sub
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  • Dr Mansell's most notable achievement was his role in establishing the remediation program for the Collins Class submarine and his work with the Navy to bring the subs to operational capability.
  • The hulls were ripped off the towed sub during a fierce storm and the submarine sank in 170 metres of water.
  • There's a good chance they could fire on one of our own subs if we had submarines looking as well.
1.1North American short for submarine sandwich.
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  • I made a silent bet with myself that I would ONLY stop if it were a TURKEY SUB day - subs aren't exactly on my diet.
  • Today, I kinda cheated on Lunchquest because I went back to The Goose, where I had a mushroom, peppers, and cheese melt sub, and a cup of coffee, all for £3.50.
2British A subscription: the annual sub for the golf club will be £200
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  • My own two boys play with local junior football clubs, where the annual subs are £50 per season, plus at least twice that amount supporting various fund-raising efforts.
  • Their joining fee was twice annual subscription up until September last year when they reduced it to the same as annual subs.
  • Enjoy it, because an annual sub is a heart-stopping $995 a year, discounted to $695 if you sign up now.
3A substitute, especially in a sporting team: the team pulled back with a goal from sub Chris Malkin
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  • Widening the net, there is a whole football family Robinson christened Paul with enough having played at professional level to field a five-a-side team with two subs.
  • The remainder of the game saw the introduction of subs for both teams with Carlow introducing some significant players for next season's campaign.
  • In fact on one occasion when Kiltimagh were playing in a 7-a-side in Killasser he brought the whole team plus three subs to the game.
4British A subeditor: the chief sub would be responsible for the look of the paper
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  • You've probably heard the term sub or subbing or sub-editor, but you may be unclear about what they actually do.
  • Nice to see the newspaper's subs parading their gleeful ignorance of elementary meteorology, just in case any of us remained in doubt.
  • As the ballot result was due, the company offered to scrap Saturday working for subs and reporters as a concession.
5British An advance or loan against expected income: ‘I’ve got no money.’ ‘Want a sub?’
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  • I was horrified when I was told I would be two weeks in the job before I could get an advance sub, and it would be four weeks before I got my first wage.
  • Given the multiples in the marketplace today, why wouldn't you start a separate sub, get the people in there, and raise the funds you need to grow that thing in the capital market.
  • Outraged by the Government's threat to their sub post offices, people have signed petitions and written letters urging ministers to think again.

verb (subs, subbing, subbed)

[with object]
1Replace or be replaced; substitute: he got a lot of applause when he was subbed [no object]: he subbed for Armstrong at some gigs
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  • Even though I filled in for Gallagher for only one day, while Treason author Ann Coulter subbed for two, I got three times as many emails from listeners about my show as she did about hers - nearly 900.
  • As for Brooks, who is very good on the PBS talking head circuit (I subbed for him a few years ago and I was a nervous wreck), more than anything else, I feel sad.
  • The DRC's Foreign Minister, Antoine Mangalibi, subbed for Kabila.
2British Lend or advance a sum to (someone) against expected income: who’ll sub me till Thursday?
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  • The fact that the parsimonious queen subbed him no less than £58,000 between 1586 and 1603 suggests tacit acceptance.
  • They even give us free cakes or croissants with our tea now and in the past have subbed us on the office-run when we've come out without enough money.
  • He hadn't got enough saved for it with having just been on holiday and he was trying to get his dad to sub him so that he could have it sooner rather than later.
3Subedit: his copy was mercilessly subbed and rewritten
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  • One of them was a sub-editor who subs my work a lot so I ask her what the problems with my writing are, and she gave me pretty good tips.
  • I'll just have to do as much as I can on an email so she can at least sub the copy, and then post the proofs back over the weekend.
  • Together we evolved a monthly theme, subbed, rewrote and proofed the magazine.

Words that rhyme with sub

blub, bub, chub, Chubb, club, cub, drub, dub, flub, grub, hub, nub, pub, rub, scrub, shrub, slub, snub, stub, tub

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