from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To yield or surrender (oneself) to the will or authority of another.
  • intransitive verb To subject to a condition or process.
  • intransitive verb To present (something) to the consideration or judgment of another: synonym: propose.
  • intransitive verb To offer as a proposition or contention.
  • intransitive verb To accept or give in to the authority, power, or will of another. synonym: yield.
  • intransitive verb To allow oneself to be subjected to something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put or place under or down.
  • To let down; cause to sink; lower.
  • To yield; surrender to the power, will, or authority of another; subject: often used reflexively.
  • To refer to the discretion or judgment of another; refer: as, to submit a controversy to arbitrators; to submit a question to the court.
  • To propose; declare as one's opinion.
  • To moderate; restrain; soften.
  • To yield one's self, physically or morally, to any power or authority; give up resistance; surrender.
  • To be subject; acquiesce in the authority of another; yield without opposition.
  • To maintain; declare: usually in formally respectful expression of a decided opinion: as, “That, I submit, sir, is not the case.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To yield one's person to the power of another; to give up resistance; to surrender.
  • intransitive verb To yield one's opinion to the opinion of authority of another; to be subject; to acquiesce.
  • intransitive verb To be submissive or resigned; to yield without murmuring.
  • transitive verb obsolete To let down; to lower.
  • transitive verb To put or place under.
  • transitive verb To yield, resign, or surrender to power, will, or authority; -- often with the reflexive pronoun.
  • transitive verb To leave or commit to the discretion or judgment of another or others; to refer; ; -- often followed by a dependent proposition as the object.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To yield or give way to another.
  • verb transitive or (intransitive) To enter or put forward for approval, consideration, marking etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb yield to another's wish or opinion
  • verb accept or undergo, often unwillingly
  • verb make an application as for a job or funding
  • verb accept as inevitable
  • verb make over as a return
  • verb refer for judgment or consideration
  • verb put before
  • verb yield to the control of another
  • verb refer to another person for decision or judgment
  • verb hand over formally


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English submitten, from Latin submittere, to set under : sub-, sub- + mittere, to cause to go.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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