debit

verb
deb·​it | \ ˈde-bət How to pronounce debit (audio) \
debited; debiting; debits

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

In payday lending, examinations uncovered violations such as sending out misleading collection letters and debiting consumers’ accounts without valid authorization. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "CFPB Issues First Supervision Report Under Mulvaney," 6 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Spruce Street Market accepts cash, credit, debit, WIC, Senior Checks, and SNAP. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 12 June 2019 Friendswood police also recently handled cases involving debit-card fraud and one in which a man lost nearly $6,000 in a scam related to a bogus overseas job opportunity. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: Grandmom loses $25K to caller posing as officer," 5 June 2019 The rest of their benefits would continue as now, loaded onto a debit-like card that can be used at any store that accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, payment. Stephen Koff, cleveland.com, "Talk it Out: Should the government send groceries to food stamp recipients, as Trump wants?," 13 Feb. 2018 Fee Hike Visa and Mastercard are increasing certain existing fees that merchants pay in exchange for accepting debit and credit cards. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants—and Consumers," 15 Feb. 2019 My mind always went back to debits and credits of calories and fuel. SELF, "It Took Me Years to Separate Working Out from Trying to Lose Weight. Here's How I Did It," 25 Mar. 2019 Fiserv processes credit- and debit-card transactions for banks while First Data handles such transactions for merchants. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Paying Up for Worldpay Might Make Sense," 18 Mar. 2019 In addition, importers would have up to one month after the import to pay duties via direct debit. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Moves to Ease Import Regulation to Reduce Risks of Potential No-Deal Brexit," 4 Feb. 2019 Ready your debit, because the bling, made by indie brand Rachel Gjersvik Jewelry, was just stocked online for only $25. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Fans, You Need This $25 "Thank U Next" Necklace ASAP," 3 Dec. 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 How to pronounce debit (audio) \
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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