debit

verb
deb·​it | \ˈde-bət \

Definition of debit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter upon the debit side of an account : charge with a debit

debit

noun

Definition of debit (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a record of an indebtedness specifically : an entry on the left-hand side of an account constituting an addition to an expense or asset account or a deduction from a revenue, net worth, or liability account

b : the sum of the items entered as debits

2 : a charge against a bank deposit account

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Examples of debit in a Sentence

Verb

The bank mistakenly debited my account $200! Your account will automatically be debited for the amount of your insurance bill every month.

Noun

I forgot to enter some of the debits in my bank account register. The account's credits were added and the debits subtracted. a $30 debit for groceries
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consider that when China imports chips and screens from other Asian countries, and assembles the components before exporting finished products to the U.S., the entire value of the goods is debited from the U.S.-China bilateral balance. Jason Furman, WSJ, "Currency Manipulation Isn’t Among China’s Trade Sins," 15 Oct. 2018 When a vehicle with a transponder travels through an E-ZPass toll facility, an antenna at the toll plaza reads the information on the transponder and the toll is automatically debited from the pass holder’s account. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Should you get your E-ZPass in Maryland or Virginia?," 31 May 2018 Aran Coello said the move will help speed up the check-in process because cash transactions take longer then debit/credit transactions. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "American Airlines will no longer accept cash at Miami airport | Miami Herald," 16 Jan. 2018 They are credited with $3 million from Miami in the Stanton trade and are debited $5.5 million in the Brian McCann trade to Houston in November 2016 and $500,000 in the Chase Headley trade this month to San Diego. USA TODAY, "Sabathia's $10M deal finalized by Yanks; payroll up to $178M," 26 Dec. 2017 The only distinguishing feature is that the money will be debited from the user’s Venmo balance. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Venmo Has Invited Some Users to Trial Its Ugly New Debit Card," 12 Sep. 2017 Short-term loans that customers can roll over are capped at three, and lenders are barred from debiting customer checking accounts after two unsuccessful attempts at collection. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "President Cordray Strikes Again," 5 Oct. 2017 Instead, the fraudster debited the account for $19. Teresa Dixon Murray, cleveland.com, "Postcard promises $100 Walmart, Target prize, but it's a way to steal your money: Money Matters," 15 Oct. 2017 After two failed attempts to access the borrowers back account, the lender can’t debit the account again unless the borrower authorizes it. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Payday loans face new challenge: Can borrowers afford them?," 5 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No signature necessary: Checkout lanes should move more quickly Major credit card companies Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover are eliminating the need for shoppers to sign receipts for credit and debit sales beginning April 14. Editors, USA TODAY, "Syria conflict, NBA Playoffs and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 5 things you need to know this weekend," 14 Apr. 2018 Starting on April 14, Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover are doing away with the requirement that shoppers sign receipts for credit and debit sales. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Why you won't be signing for credit card purchases after April 14," 10 Apr. 2018 When Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase Bank repealed their plans for new debit-card charges, we were all reminded that speaking up does pay off. Virginia Sole-smith, Redbook, "The Fed-Up Woman's Guide to Saving Money," 6 Jan. 2011 Also, Amazon’s initiatives are unlikely to have a major impact on card networks or issuers, since consumers paying through Amazon accounts are usually doing it with a debit or credit card. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon’s Next Mission: Using Alexa to Help You Pay Friends," 6 Apr. 2018 The upgrades are meant to enhance the reliability and security of processing debit and credit card transactions, according to the M.T.A. The city’s more than 2,700 MetroCard machines process about 800,000 transactions each day. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "MetroCard Machines Won’t Accept Credit Cards This Weekend (Briefly)," 6 Feb. 2018 Someone made an unauthorized purchase from Walmart.com using a person's debit account information. Sun-Sentinel.com, "CRIME," 12 Apr. 2018 Second Measure and Earnest Research, which use debit and credit card data to track spending, found that 32 percent and 43 percent, respectively, have used ride-sharing services in the last 12 months. Rani Molla, Recode, "Americans seem to like ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. But it’s hard to say exactly how many use them.," 24 June 2018 Higher One, in a particularly egregious example, aggressively marketed debit accounts littered with fees to college students — and was ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution for deceptive marketing and improper disclosures. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Loan Program Plans to Offer Students Prepaid Bank Cards," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of debit

Verb

1668, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for debit

Noun

Latin debitum debt

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debit

noun

Financial Definition of debit

What It Is

A debit is an accounting record that represents either an increase in assets or a decrease in liabilities or net worth. A debit is the opposite of a credit.

How It Works

For example, let's say that Company XYZ sells $1,000,000 worth of widgets to John Doe for cash. On the balance sheet, the accountants would debit cash by $1,000,000 (that is, increase cash) and credit inventory by $1,000,000.

Why It Matters

In accounting terms, "debit" and "credit" confuse most people, and it is usually clearer (and safer) to indicate which accounts increase or decrease. However, any financial professional should know the terms.

Debits and credits reflect the double-entry bookkeeping method. This involves making at least two recording entries for every transaction: a debit in one account and a credit in another account. The method helps prevent errors because the sum of the debits should equal the sum of the credits.

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debit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of debit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take money from (an account)

debit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of debit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amount of money that is taken from an account

debit

verb
deb·​it | \ˈde-bət \
debited; debiting

Kids Definition of debit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to record as money paid out or as a debt The amount was debited on my bank statement.

debit

noun

Kids Definition of debit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an entry in a business record showing money paid out or owed

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