\ ō-ˈmit How to pronounce omit (audio) , 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Other states require counties to omit prison populations altogether from their count, in an effort to adhere to the principle of one person, one vote., 15 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately, those lists often omit people of color and women. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Contemporary recipes omit the battering and frying to lighten the dish and to showcase the green of the pepper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Editors and newspaper owners still operated as partisan actors, Parsons noted, but the surge in newsworthy information forced them to decide what to print and what to omit. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Some complaints include detailed descriptions of incidents while others are heavily redacted to omit information such as the extent of injuries. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 To omit that period when considering his legacy is to avoid the whole truth and his humanity — both good and bad. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 The Puerto Rican star didn't mince words when addressing the Latin Recording Academy's decision to omit reggaeton and Latin trap artists in the top categories. Jonathan Landrum Jr., USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 Not critics who hate Yoder’s celebratory outbursts, skeptics who call him a choker or USA Gymnastics leaders who omit him from national teams. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2021

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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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“Omit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce omit (audio) \
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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