What does sub- mean?

Definitions for sub-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sub-.


  1. sub-(Prefix)

    under, beneath

  2. sub-(Prefix)

    subsidiary, secondary


  3. Origin: From the , meaning under

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sub-

    a prefix signifying under, below, beneath, and hence often, in an inferior position or degree, in an imperfect or partial state, as in subscribe, substruct, subserve, subject, subordinate, subacid, subastringent, subgranular, suborn. Sub- in Latin compounds often becomes sum- before m, sur before r, and regularly becomes suc-, suf-, sug-, and sup- before c, f, g, and p respectively. Before c, p, and t it sometimes takes form sus- (by the dropping of b from a collateral form, subs-)

  2. Sub-

    a prefix denoting that the ingredient (of a compound) signified by the term to which it is prefixed,is present in only a small proportion, or less than the normal amount; as, subsulphide, suboxide, etc. Prefixed to the name of a salt it is equivalent to basic; as, subacetate or basic acetate

  3. Origin: [L. sub under, below; akin to Gr. , Skr. upa to, on, under, over. Cf. Hypo-, Super-.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub- in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub- in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michel Sidibe:

    HIV prevention is not working for young women in sub-Saharan Africa. They need more options.

  2. Dave Limp:

    There's one part of the tablet (market) that's growing right now, and ... that's sub-$100 tablets.

  3. Shelley Chapman:

    Saying this is a sub rosa plan doesn't make it one, this is not actually an attempt by anyone to take a shortcut.

  4. John Humphrey:

    There's a general perception of goods coming out of China, being fair or unfair, that they are relatively sub-par.

  5. Justin Goodman:

    Cutting into animals that are the wrong species is a sub-optimal way to train doctors to perform surgeries on people.

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