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subnoun [C]

 us   /sʌb/
  • sub noun [C] (REPLACEMENT)

short form ofsubstituteteacher
  • sub noun [C] (SHIP)

short form ofsubmarine: a ​nuclear sub
  • sub noun [C] (FOOD)

short form ofsubmarine (​sandwich)

subverb [I]

 us   /sʌb/ (-bb-)
to ​work as a ​substituteteacher: She subs at three ​schools.
(Definition of sub from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sub" in British English

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subnoun [C]

uk   /sʌb/  us   /sʌb/ informal
  • sub noun [C] (REPLACEMENT)

in ​sports, a ​player who is used for ​part of a ​gameinstead of another: One of the ​players was ​injured during the ​match, so a sub was ​brought on.
Synonym
US a ​teacher who ​replacesteachers who are ​absent from ​work: A ​trainedteacher, he ​foundwork as a sub which ​fit around his other ​commitments.
  • sub noun [C] (SANDWICH)

US a ​long, ​thin loaf of ​breadfilled with ​meat or ​cheese, and often ​lettuce, ​tomatoes, etc: a ​meatball sub

subverb

uk   /sʌb/  us   /sʌb/ (-bb-) informal
[I] in ​sports, to ​play in a ​match in someone's ​place: Travis subbed for the ​injureddefender.
[I] US to do a ​jobtemporarily when someone ​else cannot do it: As a ​youngplayer, he subbed for Duke Ellington's ​drummer. I subbed as a ​teacher for a ​semester.
[T] UK to ​replace one ​player with another during a ​game: He was subbed in the ​match against Newcastle.

sub-prefix

uk   /sʌb-/  us   /sʌb-/
  • sub- prefix (LESS THAN)

less than a ​number or ​level: Winter ​weatherbroughtsub-zero (= less than 0 ​degrees)temperatures to much of the ​country. smart TVs in the sub-$1000 ​pricerange the first man to ​run a sub-4 ​minutemile
  • sub- prefix (LOWER)

below or in a ​lowerposition: the ​subarctic a sub-layer
  • sub- prefix (LESS GOOD)

not as good as: subhuman a sub-standard ​effort The ​film is a ​sort of sub-Godfather ​mafiafamilytale.
(Definition of sub from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sub" in Business English

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subnoun [C]

uk   us   /sʌb/ informal
→  subscription : You can ​save up to £20 if you ​pay your subs by ​directdebit.
→  substitute noun : There is a great need both for ​permanent teachers and subs.
payment that your ​employer gives you earlier than usual because you need ​money: I ​ran out of ​money on Thursday and had to ​ask my ​boss for a sub.

subverb [T]

uk   us   /sʌb/ (-bb-)
to ​pay an ​employee earlier than usual because they need ​money: He subbed him his ​wages because he had to ​buy a ​planeticket.
(Definition of sub from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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