Meaning of “submit” in the English Dictionary

"submit" in British English

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submitverb

uk /səbˈmɪt/ us /səbˈmɪt/ -tt-

submit verb (GIVE)

B2 [ T ] to give or offer something for a decision to be made by others:

You must submit your application before 1 January.
The developers submitted building plans to the council for approval.

[ T + that ] formal to suggest:

In conclusion, I submit that the proposal will not work without some major changes.

More examples

  • Please submit your claim for travelling expenses to the accounts department.
  • Applicants interested in applying for the position should submit their CVs to the Anatomy Department no later than February 15.
  • South Africa has submitted an application to host the World Cup.
  • Invoices must be submitted by the 24th of every month.
  • I submitted a report of the theft to the insurance company.

submit verb (ALLOW)

C2 [ I or T ] to allow another person or group to have power or authority over you, or to accept something unwillingly:

We protested about the changes for a long time, but in the end we had to submit.
She decided to resign from the party rather than submit herself to the new rules.

(Definition of “submit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"submit" in American English

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submitverb

us /səbˈmɪt/ -tt-

submit verb (OFFER FOR DECISION)

[ T ] to give or offer something for a decision to be made by others:

Companies are required to submit monthly financial statements to the board.

submit verb (GIVE POWER)

[ I/T ] to give power or authority over a person or group to someone, or to accept something unwillingly:

[ T ] He had never been able to submit himself to that sort of discipline.
[ I ] All newly hired employees must submit to a background check.

(Definition of “submit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"submit" in Business English

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submitverb

uk /səbˈmɪt/ us -tt-

[ T ] to formally send a document, plan, etc. to a person or group in authority so that they can make a decision about it:

submit a bid/plan/proposal The consortium has yet to submit a bid.
submit a letter/report/request They submitted the report after the retailer said that it might choose a replacement ad agency last year.
Applications must be submitted by December 5.

[ T ] formal or LAW to suggest or say something:

In conclusion, I submit that the proposal will not work without some major changes.
submit your resignation

HR to tell your employer that you are leaving your job or position:

He was given the choice on Wednesday to either submit his resignation, or be fired.

[ I or T ] to allow another person or group to have authority or control over you, or to accept something unwillingly:

They were required to agree that future industrial disputes would be submitted to arbitration.

(Definition of “submit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)