omit

verb \ ō-ˈmit , ə- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of omit

omitted; omitting
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

Examples of omit in a Sentence

  1. Please don't omit any details.

  2. you must not omit mentioning the sources you used in researching your paper

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Origin and Etymology of omit

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

omit Synonyms


OMIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of omit for English Language Learners

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

  • : to fail to do (something)


OMIT Defined for Kids

omit

verb \ ō-ˈmit \

Definition of omit for Students

omitted; omitting
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

Word Root of omit

The Latin word mittere, meaning “to send,” and its form missus give us the roots mit and miss. Words from the Latin mittere have something to do with sending. A missile is an object, such as a bullet, arrow, or rocket, that is sent through the air so as to hit a target. To emit is to send forth or give out. To omit, or leave out, is to send away so as to not be included. To permit, or allow, is to send something through without stopping it.


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