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1. To let down; to lower. Sometimes the hill submits itself a while. (Dryden)

2. To put or place under. The bristled throat Of the submitted sacrifice with ruthless steel he cut. (Chapman)

3. To yield, resign, or surrender to power, will, or authority; often with the reflexive pronoun. Ye ben submitted through your free assent. (Chaucer) The angel of the lord said unto her, return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. (gen. Xvi. 9) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands. (Eph. V. 22)

4. To leave or commit to the discretion or judgment of another or others; to refer; as, to submit a controversy to arbitrators; to submit a question to the court; often followed by a dependent proposition as the object. Whether the condition of the clergy be able to bear a heavy burden, is submitted to the house. (swift) We submit that a wooden spoon of our day would not be justified in calling Galileo and napier blockheads because they never heard of the differential calculus. (Macaulay)

Origin: L. Submittere; sub under _ mittere to send: cf. F. Soumettre. See Missile.