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verb re·mit \ri-ˈmit\

Simple Definition of remit

  • : to send (money) as a payment

  • : to cancel or free someone from (a punishment, debt, etc.)

Full Definition of remit


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to lay aside (a mood or disposition) partly or wholly b :  to desist from (an activity) c :  to let (as attention or diligence) slacken :  relax

  3. 2 a :  to release from the guilt or penalty of <remit sins> b :  to refrain from exacting <remit a tax> c :  to cancel or refrain from inflicting <remit the penalty> d :  to give relief from (suffering)

  4. 3 :  to submit or refer for consideration, judgment, decision, or action; specifically :  remand

  5. 4 :  to restore or consign to a former status or condition

  6. 5 :  postpone, defer

  7. 6 :  to send (money) to a person or place especially in payment of a demand, account, or draft

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 a :  to abate in force or intensity :  moderate b :  to abate symptoms (as of a disease) for a period

  10. 2 :  to send money (as in payment)

re·mit·ment play \-ˈmit-mənt\ noun
re·mit·ta·ble play \-ˈmi-tə-bəl\ adjective
re·mit·ter noun

Examples of remit

  1. A patient who has mild flare-ups in the skin and joints twice a year may one day awaken with kidney failure or paralysis that, one month later, mysteriously remits. —Elizabeth Rosenthal, New York Times Book Review, 19 Nov. 1989

  2. And he was, therefore, as little surprised as a man could be, to find himself awakened at the small inn to which he had been remitted until morning, in the middle of the night. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

  3. I was brought in guilty and sentenced to die; but that the judges, having been made sensible of the hardship of my circumstances, had obtained leave to remit the sentence upon my consenting to be transported. —Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, 1722

  4. Please remit $1,000 upon receipt of this letter.

  5. Payment can be remitted by check.

  6. The governor remitted the remainder of her life sentence.

Origin of remit

Middle English remitten, from Latin remittere to send back, from re- + mittere to send

First Known Use: 14th century



noun re·mit \ri-ˈmit, ˈrē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of remit

  • : an area of responsibility and authority

Full Definition of remit

  1. 1 :  an act of remitting (see 1remit)

  2. 2 :  something remitted to another person or authority

Origin of remit

(see 1remit)

First Known Use: 15th century

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb re·mit \ri-ˈmit\

Medical Definition of remit


  1. :  to abate symptoms for a period :  go into or be in remission <her leukemia remitted for a year>

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