Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) accept or undergo, often unwillingly
  2. (verb, cognition) accept as inevitable
  3. (verb, communication) put before
  4. (verb, communication) yield to another's wish or opinion
  5. (verb, communication) refer for judgment or consideration
  6. (verb, competition) make an application as for a job or funding
  7. (verb, competition) yield to the control of another
  8. (verb, possession) hand over formally
  9. (verb, possession) make over as a return
  10. (verb, social) refer to another person for decision or judgment

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Submit

  1. late 14c., "to place (oneself) under the control of another," from L. submittere "to yield, lower, let down, put under, reduce," from sub "under" + mittere "let go, send." Sense of "refer to another for consideration" first recorded 1560. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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