\ō-ˈmit, ə-\
omitted; omitting

Definition of omit 

transitive verb

1 : to leave out or leave unmentioned omits one important detail You can omit the salt from the recipe.

2 : to leave undone : fail The patient omitted taking his medication.

3 obsolete : disregard

4 obsolete : give up

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Synonyms for omit


fail, forget, neglect

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Examples of omit in a Sentence

Please don't omit any details. you must not omit mentioning the sources you used in researching your paper

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Herrera, Hoskins omitted from All-Star roster — but not snubbed Never mind that the Phillies’ swifter-than-expected rise to playoff contention has been among the National League’s best stories so far this season. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' whole is greater than sum of their parts, as All-Star voting proves | Extra Innings," 9 July 2018 That has heaped the pressure on Higuain to deliver this summer, with Inter striker Mauro Icardi - who has scored 20+ Serie A goals in Italy in the three of the last four seasons - omitted from the squad., "World Cup Countdown: Gonzalo Higuain Must Deliver For Argentina After 2014 Final Flop," 14 June 2018 An April 4 editorial omitted mention of the treasurer's designee. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Newspaper corrections for April 6, 2018," 6 Apr. 2018 Last month, environmental groups cried foul over a Trump administration memo summarizing public comments on its reassessment of an Obama-era sage grouse conservation plan, which advocates say omitted almost 100,000 comments., "The Newest Weapons Against Unions Are Employees," 2 Apr. 2018 But when approached by journalists, the younger Mr. Trump issued a statement that omitted all of that. Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, "Trump Team Pushed False Story Line About Meeting With Kremlin-Tied Lawyer, Memo Shows," 4 June 2018 The new law states the military will play a role, but omits the details pending a presidential decree. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Indonesia Toughens Antiterror Law Following Deadly Islamic State-Linked Attacks," 25 May 2018 Jacob Liss, the supervisor at the crash scene, for omitting key details from his report. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Fired trooper tried to cover up ATV Taser death details," 17 May 2018 There’s just one problem: Like most culinary catchalls, nouvelle cuisine oversimplifies, emphasizing certain aspects of the trend while omitting the nuance and individuality that distinguishes any chef. Longreads, "“We All Had the Same Acid Flashback at the Same Time”: The New American Cuisine," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of omit

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omit

Middle English omitten, from Latin omittere, from ob- toward + mittere to let go, send — more at ob-

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English Language Learners Definition of omit

: to leave out (someone or something) : to not include (someone or something)

: to fail to do (something)


\ō-ˈmit \
omitted; omitting

Kids Definition of omit

1 : to leave out : fail to include Her name was omitted from the credits.

2 : to leave undone : neglect … I got several things … which I omitted setting down …— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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