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sub is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of sub in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… gamers MOBAs are a sub-genre of real …”

meanings of sub


  1. A subscription: a payment made for membership of a club, etc.
  2. A subcontractor.
  3. A subscription (or (by extension) a subscriber) to an online channel or feed.
  4. A submarine sandwich: a sandwich made on a long bun.
  5. A subtitle.
  6. A subordinate.
  7. A subeditor.
  8. Subsistence money: part of a worker's wages paid before the work is finished.
  9. A substitute, often in sports.
  10. A submarine.
  11. A submissive.
  12. A subroutine (sometimes one that does not return a value, as distinguished from a function, which does).
  13. A subaltern.


  1. Less commonly, and often as sub on, to bring on (a player) as a substitute.
  2. To substitute for.
  3. To replace (a player) with a substitute.
  4. To coat with a layer of adhering material; to planarize by means of such a coating.
  5. To perform the work of a subeditor or copy editor; to subedit.
  6. To subscribe.
  7. To lend.
  8. To take a submissive role.
  9. To work as a substitute teacher, especially in primary and secondary education.
  10. To prepare (a slide) with a layer of transparent substance to support and/or fix the sample.


  1. Under.

sub frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word sub occurs in english on average 5.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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