• To substitute for.
  • To work as a substitute teacher, especially in primary and secondary education.
  • To replace (a player) with a substitute.
  • Less commonly, and often as sub on, to bring on (a player) as a substitute.
  • To perform the work of a subeditor or copy editor; to subedit.
  • To subtitle (usually a film or television program).
  • To lend.
  • To subscribe.
  • To take a submissive role.
  • To coat with a layer of adhering material; to planarize by means of such a coating.
  • To prepare (a slide) with a layer of transparent substance to support and/or fix the sample.


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  • Shortened form of any of various words beginning with sub-.
  • From Latin sub.

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