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
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Hyphenation: sub‧mit



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.
    • 2020 September 23, Paul Bigland, “The tragic tale of the Tay Bridge disaster”, in Rail, page 82:
      Determined to learn from Bouch's mistakes, they conducted a through [sic] survey of the riverbed. Having learned what they needed to know, they submitted plans for a new double-track bridge by the end of 1880.
  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, professional wrestling) To win a fight against (an opponent) by submission.
    • Okamoto, Brett (2013 December 28) “Ronda Rousey wins with arm bar”, in ESPN.com[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."
    • Beaston, Erik (2022 February 19) “WWE Elimination Chamber 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights”, in Bleacher Report[2], retrieved February 22, 2022
      "It was also the first time Goldberg has been submitted, enhancing Reigns even more than he already has been over the last two years."
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To let down; to lower.
    • 1662, John Dryden, Poem to the Lord Chancellor Hyde:
      Sometimes the hill submits itself a while.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To put or place under.
    • 1611, George Chapman, Homer's Iliads:
      The bristled throat / Of the submitted sacrifice with ruthless steel he cut.

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