Definition of submit in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈmit/

verb (submits, submitting, submitted)

1 [no object] Accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person: the original settlers were forced to submit to Bulgarian rule
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  • Entire villages rose in support of the rebels, only to submit when superior forces arrived from outside.
  • What happened was the ultra-religious rural forces took control of the cities and the women were forced to submit to the small-town culture or leave the country.
  • Clearly, the LEA are not currently able to provide a suitable education as the law requires and offer instead threats of jail to force the family to submit to substandard provision.
give in/way, yield, back down, cave in, capitulate;
surrender, knuckle under
be governed by, abide by, be regulated by, comply with, accept, adhere to, be subject to, agree to, consent to, conform to
1.1 (submit oneself) Consent to undergo a certain treatment: he submitted himself to a body search
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  • Few men have so far submitted themselves to the treatment: perhaps they're in denial about cellulite.
  • We can only test persons who either apply to become claimants for the million-dollar prize, or who will actually submit themselves to undergoing proper test procedures.
  • Yet not all submit themselves to the physician's hand or accept his treatment.
1.2 [with object] Subject to a particular process, treatment, or condition: samples submitted to low pressure
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  • According to PEC regulations, results of the sorting process should be submitted to the main polling stations, and then to the PEC without being announced.
  • Unrepentant, he was submitted to humiliating treatment with hormones to avoid going to prison.
  • Often there is confusion - some people will get big on the need to forgive ‘the brother’, and even suggest he should not be submitted to the legal process.
1.3Agree to refer a matter to a third party for decision or adjudication: the U.S. refused to submit to arbitration
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  • Although neither party binds itself to bring any action here, each of them does agree to submit to the jurisdiction if an action is brought against it.
  • The Insured and Insurers agree to submit to the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction within England and to comply with all requirements to give such court jurisdiction.
  • I did not give any person instructions to submit to the jurisdiction and take any steps in this matter which would result in the Embassy waiving its immunity.
2 [with object] Present (a proposal, application, or other document) to a person or body for consideration or judgment: the panel’s report was submitted to a parliamentary committee
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  • The club need to know their plans will obtain a safety licence from the body before submitting their planning application.
  • The rural village of Hebrandston is in the centre of a planning application tussle after proposals were submitted to transform a disused outbuilding into a small dental surgery.
  • We didn't actually have to go out and build some new defenses, but make a presentation, submitting our proposals to the rest of the group complete with economical and environmental costs/benefits.
put forward, present, offer, proffer, tender, propose, suggest, float;
put in, send in, register
2.1 [with clause] (Especially in judicial contexts) suggest; argue: he submitted that such measures were justified
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  • In this context, I am submitting that he erred in saying that there would not be any unfairness.
  • So it is really in that context that we submit that the Full Court has talked about the effect of indefeasibility of title.
  • It is in that context that we submit that it cannot be shown, in effect, whose hair this was.
contend, assert, argue, state, claim, posit, postulate



Example sentences
  • Many submitters to the select committee have not read or understood the bills and it shows on their submissions.
  • Now they employ up to three people full time with hundreds of voluntary submitters.
  • During the select committee process many submitters sought a longer conversation on the foreshore and seabed issue.


Late Middle English: from Latin submittere, from sub- 'under' + mittere 'send, put'. sense 2 'present for judgment' dates from the mid 16th century.

  • permit from Late Middle English:

    This word was originally used in the sense ‘commit, hand over’: it is from Latin permittere, from per- ‘through’ and mittere ‘send, let go’. ‘Written order giving permission’ is recorded from the early 18th century. Permission and permissive are also late Middle English. Permissive society dates from the 1970s. Latin mittere is the base of a number of other Latin words found in English such as admit with ad ‘to’; submit from sub ‘under’; transmit from trans ‘across’. All are Late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with submit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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Syllabification: sub·mit

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