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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sub /sʌb/USA pronunciation
n., v., subbed, sub•bing.
Informal Termsa submarine.
a substitute:We hired a sub to teach her class.
Food, Dialect Termsa submarine sandwich.
v. [no object]
Informal Termsto act as a substitute for another:Can you sub for their French teacher tomorrow?
- sub- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "under, below, beneath'':subsoil; subway.
- sub- is also used to mean "just outside of, near'':subalpine; subtropical.
- sub- is also used to mean "less than, not quite'':subhuman; subteen.
- sub- is also used to mean "secondary, at a lower point in a hierarchy'':subcommittee; subplot.
Sometimes this prefix is spelled as su-, suc-, suf-, sug-, sum-, sup-, sur-2
an abbreviation of:
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sub /sʌb/ n
vb (subs, subbing, subbed)
- short for several words beginning with sub-
See subeditor, submarine, subordinate, subscription, substitute
- Brit informal an advance payment of wages or salary
Formal term: subsistence allowance
- (intransitive) to serve as a substitute
- (intransitive) informal to act as a substitute (for)
- Brit informal to grant or receive (an advance payment of wages or salary)
- (transitive) informal
short for subedit