- 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[intransitive] sub (for somebody) to do somebody else’s job for them for a short time synonym substitute
- 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.
- 4[transitive] sub somebody something (British English, informal) to lend somebody money for a short time Could you sub me £50 till next week?
BrE BrE//sʌb//; NAmE NAmE//sʌb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sub
BrE BrE//sʌb//; NAmE NAmE//sʌb//he / she / it subs
BrE BrE//sʌbz//; NAmE NAmE//sʌbz//past simple subbed
BrE BrE//sʌbd//; NAmE NAmE//sʌbd//past participle subbed
BrE BrE//sʌbd//; NAmE NAmE//sʌbd//-ing form subbing
BrE BrE//ˈsʌbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbɪŋ//