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Definition of sub verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sub
    he / she / it subs
    past simple subbed
    -ing form subbing
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  1. 1[transitive] sub somebody to replace a sports player with another player during a game synonym substitute He was subbed after just five minutes because of a knee injury.
  2. 2[intransitive] sub (for somebody) to do someone else's job for them for a short time synonym substitute
  3. 3[transitive] sub something for something to use something instead of something else, especially instead of the thing you would normally use synonym substitute For a lower-calorie version of the recipe, try subbing milk for cream.
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