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1. The act or fact of submitting to the power of another: an army laying siege to a town to compel its submission; a dog bowing its head in submission.
a. The act of submitting something for consideration.
b. Something so submitted: read three fiction manuscripts and several other submissions.

[Middle English submissioun, from Old French submission, from Latin submissiō, submissiōn-, a lowering, from submissus, past participle of submittere, to set under; see submit.]
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1. an act or instance of submitting
2. something submitted; a proposal, argument, etc
3. the quality or condition of being submissive to another
4. the act of referring a document, etc, for the consideration of someone else
5. (Law) law
a. an agreement by the parties to a dispute to refer the matter to arbitration
b. the instrument referring a disputed matter to arbitration
6. (Wrestling) (in wrestling) the act of causing such pain to one's opponent that he submits. Compare fall48
7. archaic a confession of error
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(səbˈmɪʃ ən)

1. an act or instance of submitting.
2. the condition of having submitted.
3. submissive conduct or attitude.
4. something submitted, as for consideration.
5. an agreement between disputing parties to abide by the decision of an arbitrator.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin submissiō. See submit, -tion]
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cry barley To call or cry out for a truce, especially in children’s games; to wave the white flag, to surrender. This Scottish and Northern English dialectal expression, which has been in use since the early 19th century, is thought to be a corruption of parley.

cry uncle To admit defeat, to surrender, to give up; also to say uncle. Although the precise origin of this expression is unknown, an often repeated story claims that an early Roman, finding himself in trouble, cried out patrue mi patruissime ‘uncle, my best of uncles.’ The phrase first appeared in print early in this century.

draw in one’s horns To retract an opinion or take a less belligerent stand; to restrain one-self, to hold or pull back; to repress one’s feelings of pride, righteousness, or pretension. In use since the 14th century, this expression alludes to the snail’s habit of pulling in its tentacles when disturbed.

go to Canossa See HUMILIATION.

knuckle under To submit or yield, to give in, to acknowledge defeat. The origin of this expression has been linked to the obsolete knuckle ‘knee joint’; hence knuckle under, meaning to ‘bend the knee before, to bow down to.’

They must all knuckle under to him. (Mary E. Braddon, Mount Royal, 1882)

A similar expression with the same meaning is to knock under, an abbreviated form of the obsolete to knock under board or under the table. Rapping against the underside of a table with the knuckles was apparently once a sign of submission or defeat as illustrated by the following citation:

He that flinches his glass, and to drink is not able, Let him quarrel no more, but knock under the table. (Gentleman’s Journal, March, 1691)

pass under the yoke To make a humiliating submission; to be humbly forced to acknowledge one’s defeat. In ancient Rome vanquished enemies were forced to pass under an arch formed by two spears placed upright in the ground, with a third resting on them. This was a symbol of the even older practice of placing a yoke on the neck of a captive.

The expression is little heard today, although yoke is often used figuratively for ‘servitude, restraint, or humiliation.’

Jugurtha grants the Romans life and liberty but upon condition that they should pass under the yoke. (John Ozell, tr., Aubert de Vertot’s History of the Revolutions, 1720)

raise the white flag To surrender, to indicate one’s willingness to make peace; to ask for a truce, to declare an end to hostilities. A white flag, also called the flag of truce, has been the symbol of submission for centuries, perhaps because of its associations with cowardice, or with innocence and goodness.

strike sail To acknowledge defeat; to surrender; to eat humble pie; to defer or pay respect to. It was long a naval custom for a defeated ship to strike ‘lower’ its sails or flag as a sign of surrender or submission. Also, friendly ships, upon meeting each other at sea, often lowered their topsails to half-mast as a salute and sign of respect.

In the following quotation from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part III, Queen Margaret of England is responding to a request by King Lewis of France that she join him at the royal dinner table.

No, mighty King of France. Now Margaret
Must strike her sail and learn a while to serve
Where kings command. (III, iii)

throw in one’s hand To give up, to drop out of the proceedings, to cease work on a project. This expression is derived from card games in which a player who is dealt poor cards or who realizes at some point during the game that winning is impossible has the option of turning in his hand ‘cards’ and dropping out of the game.

throw in the sponge To admit defeat, to give up, to surrender, to say uncle. In boxing, a manager has the option of ending a fight if he determines that his contestant has no chance of winning, and is suffering unnecessary physical abuse. The manager signals his desire to stop the bout by throwing his fighter’s sponge or towel into the air. This slang Americanism and the variant throw in the towel are used figuratively of any surrender or acknowledgment of defeat.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.submission - something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition); "several of his submissions were rejected by publishers"; "what was the date of submission of your proposal?"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
filing - the entering of a legal document into the public record; "he filed a complaint"; "he filed his tax return"
2.submission - the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another
group action - action taken by a group of people
obedience, obeisance - the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
prostration - abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body
3.submission - the condition of having submitted to control by someone or something else; "the union was brought into submission"; "his submission to the will of God"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
4.submission - the feeling of patient, submissive humblenesssubmission - the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
humbleness, humility - a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
5.submission - a legal document summarizing an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
6.submission - an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
7.submission - (law) a contention presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury as part of the case he is arguing
contention - a point asserted as part of an argument
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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1. surrender, yielding, giving in, cave-in (informal), capitulation, acquiescence The army intends to take the city or force it into submission.
2. presentation, submitting, handing in, entry, tendering the submission of a dissertation
3. proposal, offer, proposition, argument, suggestion, motion, recommendation, contention A written submission has to be prepared.
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1. The act of submitting or surrendering to the power of another:
2. The quality or state of willingly carrying out the wishes of others:
3. Something that is put forward for consideration:
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تَقْديم طلبٍ أو اقْتِراحٍخُضوع، إذْعان، طاعَه
auîmÿkt, hlÿîniòaî aî gangast undir vald/vilja annarra
boyun eğmeitaatsunmauysallık


[səbˈmɪʃən] N
1. (= submissiveness) → sumisión f
to beat sb into submission (lit) → someter a algn a base de golpes (fig) → someter a algn, subyugar a algn
2. (= handing in) [of evidence, plan] → presentación f; [of proposal, application] → presentación f, entrega f
3. (Jur etc) → alegato m
4. (to committee etc) (= plan, proposal) → propuesta f
a written submission is requiredse requiere una propuesta por escrito
submissions are judged by a panel of authorsun panel de autores juzga las obras
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[səbˈmɪʃən] n
(= capitulation) → soumission f
(= handing in) [application, report, proposal] → soumission f
(= proposal) → proposition f
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(= yielding)Unterwerfung f (→ to unter +acc); (= submissiveness)Gehorsam m; (Sport) → Aufgabe f; to force somebody into submissionjdn zwingen, sich zu ergeben; to starve somebody into submissionjdn aushungern
(= presentation)Eingabe f; (= documents submitted)Vorlage f; to make a submission to somebodyjdm eine Vorlage machen or unterbreiten; his submission to the appeals tribunalseine Berufung
(= contention)Einwurf m(to gegenüber); it is our submission that …wir behaupten, dass …
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[səbˈmɪʃn] nsottomissione f; (to committee) → richiesta, domanda
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(səbˈmit) past tense, past participle subˈmitted verb
1. to yield to control or to a particular kind of treatment by another person etc. I refuse to submit to his control; The rebels were ordered to submit.
2. to offer (a plan, suggestion, proposal, entry etc). Competitors for the painting competition must submit their entries by Friday.
suˈbmission (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of submitting.
2. humbleness or obedience.
subˈmissive (-siv) adjective
obedient and humble.
subˈmissively adverb
subˈmissiveness noun
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n. sumisión, sometimiento.
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Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
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Against certain facts he was helpless: against Will Ladislaw's existence, his defiant stay in the neighborhood of Lowick, and his flippant state of mind with regard to the possessors of authentic, well-stamped erudition: against Dorothea's nature, always taking on some new shape of ardent activity, and even in submission and silence covering fervid reasons which it was an irritation to think of: against certain notions and likings which had taken possession of her mind in relation to subjects that he could not possibly discuss with her.
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The States within the limits of whose colonial governments they were comprised have claimed them as their property, the others have contended that the rights of the crown in this article devolved upon the Union; especially as to all that part of the Western territory which, either by actual possession, or through the submission of the Indian proprietors, was subjected to the jurisdiction of the king of Great Britain, till it was relinquished in the treaty of peace.
"That would render us a service, for when announcing to the king's lieutenant the submission of the islanders, you will perhaps obtain some grace for us on informing him of the manner in which that submission has been effected."
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She would, through habit, have yielded to his desire; not with any sense of submission or obedience to his compelling wishes, but unthinkingly, as we walk, move, sit, stand, go through the daily treadmill of the life which has been portioned out to us.
To one imbued from infancy with the fascinating fallacy that all men are born equal, unquestioning submission to authority is not easily mastered, and the American volunteer soldier in his "green and salad days" is among the worst known.