Definition of submission in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.

    ‘they were forced into submission’
    • ‘In their tendentiousness, the novels contained a bizarre mixture of Christian ideas, submission to authority, and praise of war.’
    • ‘Ever since, Indigenous Peoples have been forced into submission, if not obliteration, in the name of civilization and progress all over the globe.’
    • ‘First, Hurston describes a gap in the relationship as Joe attempts to force Janie's submission to his authority.’
    • ‘How can the civil society be made to keep quiet and forced into submission by the fundamentalist forces?’
    • ‘If the teachers are of the opinion that they are going to force the minister into submission they are way out.’
    • ‘Vancouver's Holy Body Tattoo celebrates the sensual forces of submission and control.’
    • ‘But he would also add that this phenomenon is one of the fundamental sources of authority defined as passive submission to the object: in sum, masochism.’
    • ‘Instead, and despite its tradition of absolute submission to civilian authority, the Army joined the Committee for Public Safety.’
    • ‘Of course, I try and hold it back, force it into submission, but in the end it gets away from me and the serial explosions then occur.’
    • ‘Perhaps the despicable Horst knows whose hand it is and that he will use that knowledge to force Marie's submission.’
    • ‘To some extent we all resemble Dorian Gray in keeping our shadow out of sight, not as an act of will but as an act of submission to that inner authority which Freud called the super-ego and Jung called the moral complex.’
    • ‘On Friday last in Perth Ireland were forced into submission by a physically stronger Australian side in the first match of the International Rules series.’
    • ‘To rule mankind as benevolent tyrant was now clearly seen by our Lord to be a rejection of the will of God who does not impose his sway upon unwilling peoples or force them into submission for their good.’
    • ‘Most citizens are docile in their submission to authority, and neither Congress nor the public has any taste for rebellion at present.’
    • ‘He asserts that wars are still decided ‘the old-fashioned way,’ by pounding opposing forces into submission.’
    • ‘There would, in fact, be some odd consequences if one were to accept Mr Gibson's submission in relation to situations where the prospects lay between the overwhelming and the negligible.’
    • ‘The law abiding have been forced into submission by the law breaking.’
    • ‘There is no place for the purely arbitrary or mean parent or educator, but submission to human authority is necessary for us all, including our children.’
    • ‘In fact, Army forces have always relied on indirect or aerial firepower to pound enemy positions into submission before ground forces are committed.’
    • ‘Transport aircraft carrying supplies kept the German columns moving swiftly, and finally relentless bombing helped to force Warsaw into submission.’
    yielding, capitulation, agreement, acceptance, consent, accession, compliance
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    1. 1.1Wrestling count noun An act of surrendering to a hold by one's opponent.
      • ‘In November 2000, he made his UFC debut, defeating his opponent with an armbar submission less than one minute into the fight.’
      • ‘In the Cadets he won with an inner-leg throw and followed the throw with an armlock for a submission.’
      • ‘Both arts employ chokes, armlocks, leglocks and other submission holds to defeat opponents.’
      • ‘I always think that it's a good thing to have an alternative finisher and, ideally, for one of the finishers to be an impact move and the other one a submission.’
      • ‘Dupree worked over Rico for most of the match with a chin lock and other submissions.’
      surrender, yielding, capitulation, resignation, succumbing, defeat, fall
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    2. 1.2archaic Humility; meekness.
      ‘servile flattery and submission’
      • ‘The essential prerequisite for belief, for submission, is humility.’
      • ‘It was a traverse through a world of humility, patience and submission - a long and tedious journey to be undertaken with faith, conviction and cheerfulness.’
      • ‘For months we've been subjected to proof after proof that we are no longer in control over our own bodies only to look forward to the ultimate humiliation of submission to the rite of passage - pain.’
      • ‘The images in this song are of loneliness, need, humility and submission.’
      • ‘Knowledge and strength are greater virtues than humility and submission.’
      compliance, submissiveness, yielding, malleability, acquiescence, tractability, tractableness, manageability, unassertiveness, non-resistance, passivity, obedience, biddability, dutifulness, duteousness, docility, meekness, tameness, patience, resignation, humility, self-effacement, deference, subservience, servility, subjection, self-abasement, obsequiousness, obeisance
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  • 2The action of presenting a proposal, application, or other document for consideration or judgement.

    ‘reports should be prepared for submission at partners' meetings’
    • ‘Last date for submission of application forms is 14 August '04.’
    • ‘Comments from the town council will be taken into account prior to submission of a planning application.’
    • ‘The early submission of papers for consideration for presentation is actively encouraged.’
    • ‘The planning application is ready for submission and they have received grant aid from Action South Kildare to employ a manager for the start up phase.’
    • ‘The deadline for submission of proposals was March 15.’
    • ‘An application is being prepared for submission and we will keep you informed of developments.’
    • ‘Provide technical advice on drafting the final protocol and proposal for submission to funding bodies’
    • ‘If the Journal is to live up to the image presented by the new cover, then innovations such as electronic manuscript submission and document tracking systems are needed as soon as practicable.’
    • ‘Two months after the deadline for submission of applications the results will be made public.’
    • ‘The investor shall entrust the authorized consultative bodies or agencies with application and documents submission for approval.’
    • ‘Ruby said it had something to do with their application missing the deadline for submission, and the fact that they'd gone through a state of flux.’
    • ‘It's been a hectic couple of days, getting all the monies and documents together for submission with the loan application.’
    • ‘The fund's decisions will be country driven, with decisions on proposals for submission to be made nationally.’
    • ‘The deadline for submission of abstracts of papers and posters is May 1, 2003.’
    • ‘Thank you also for the explanation of the reasons for the delay in submission of your proposal, it certainly clarifies the situation.’
    • ‘Coun Brown spoke of her objection to the scheme after hearing that it was prepared for submission, and she stressed that the proposal would cause a lot of concern in the town.’
    • ‘Their services also include advising businesses in dealing with public sector purchasers and preparing proposals for submission to contracting bodies.’
    • ‘It made no substantial submission on the proposals.’
    • ‘The award of a scholarship is determined solely by assessment of application and submission of written essay, being solely the work of the applicant.’
    • ‘Mr Casilli said the association would discuss all the proposals for submission after the annual general meeting later this month.’
    presentation, presenting, proffering, tendering, proposal, proposing, tabling, introduction, suggestion, venturing, broaching, airing, lodgement, positing
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    1. 2.1count noun A proposal, application, or other document presented for consideration or judgement.
      ‘a written submission to the UN’
      • ‘We would be absolutely delighted to receive written submissions from your good selves.’
      • ‘The respondents made detailed written submissions about these documents.’
      • ‘Members of the public can then write submissions to the ABA in relation to the applications.’
      • ‘There was no opportunity for submissions or proper consideration by a select committee.’
      • ‘Supporting displays and exhibits may also be used to augment written submissions.’
      • ‘Please be sure as an angler your submission on this final proposal is sent in on time.’
      • ‘We would really love to publish your work, hopefully your present submission and future ones as well.’
      • ‘He was also very disappointed in the decision as the people in this area were the one group who had presented a very detailed submission to the consultants.’
      • ‘They were given 15 days to make a submission for an application for leave to remain.’
      • ‘The applicants made no submissions on the law or facts in relation to this submission.’
      • ‘The council also insists it must be able to comment on any further applications or submissions.’
      • ‘Written submissions from individuals and interested groups are also welcome.’
      • ‘Some residents will insist they received no response to written submissions.’
      • ‘While no one spoke to the hearing, council received six written submissions objecting to the levy.’
      • ‘Finally from me, a related issue: you very helpfully in your submission attached various documents relating to the gathering of statistics.’
      • ‘The Court has considered the written submissions of the applicant in this matter.’
      • ‘Written submissions are invited in relation to the proposed plan by interested persons and groups.’
      • ‘Last week during the submissions to the Civil Union bill people were grouped up so that they got five minute slots each to present their submission.’
      • ‘Over 40 parties commented on or made submissions at the planning application stage.’
      • ‘The applicability of this submission to the present case, under a different piece of legislation, seems doubtful to me.’
      proposal, suggestion, proposition, recommendation, presentation, tender, bid, offer
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    2. 2.2Law count noun A proposition or argument presented by counsel to a judge or jury.
      ‘the judge halted the trial at the end of the prosecution's submissions’
      • ‘That finding by the trial judge was made in the context of submissions by counsel.’
      • ‘But, equally, I reject the claimant's counsel's submission that the defendants have brought this all on themselves.’
      • ‘We do not have the transcripts of any submissions which counsel made to the judge on this aspect.’
      • ‘The judge recorded the submissions of her counsel in these terms.’
      • ‘In a careful judgment the judge rejected those submissions, and the trial then proceeded.’
      argument, assertion, contention, statement, claim, allegation, protestation, declaration
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin submissio(n-), from the verb submittere (see submit).