\ 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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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 Make potatoes as directed on box except omit butter and milk. For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "Easy Easter Recipe," 26 Mar. 2018 The indictment accuses the operator, Miles, of intercepting incident reports from lifeguards and destroying witness statements - then coaching the guards to write statements that omitted crucial damaging details about Verruckt. The Washington Post,, "A boy was decapitated on a waterslide. Now the ride's 'visionary' creator faces a murder charge.," 28 Jan. 2018 Before that, two federal courts blocked Trump administration rules that would have allowed employers who provide health insurance to employees to omit contraceptive coverage if the employers had moral or religious objections. Robert Pear, New York Times, "A Fatal Flaw as Trump Tries to Remake Health Care: Shortcuts," 7 July 2018 Now, association health plans, through which small businesses buy insurance together, will be able to omit some of those benefits. Sarah Gantz,, "Buyer beware: Inexpensive health plans often not what they seem," 22 June 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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