\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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The decision to omit the new control system from manuals has put a Boeing design principle at the center of a probe into a fatal airliner crash for the first time in more than two decades. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Omitted Safety-System Details, Minimized Training for Crashed Lion Air 737 Model," 5 Dec. 2018 However, the wedding snippet mysteriously was omitted from the video itself . . . Vogue, "Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Music Video Is Shameless Millennial Pandering and We Couldn’t Be More Grateful for It," 30 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, classic games like Space Cadet Pinball seem to have been omitted (though FreeCell and Solitaire are still there) . Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 95 is now downloadable as a nostalgic 'app'," 23 Aug. 2018 Budish included those perks in the proposal even though County Council members had asked him to omit them. Mark Naymik,, "County executive allowed chief of staff to treat MBA classes as work, letter shows: Mark Naymik," 21 Feb. 2018 Magazine with an article about chef David Chang were incorrectly omitted. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 9 Nov. 2018 Hill explains that the brands making the offers typically insist on using specific language and omitting mentions of brands that may be considered competitors. Marci Robin, Allure, "Jaclyn Hill Gets Real About How Much Beauty Influencers Make on Sponsored Posts — And Why She Doesn’t Do Them," 4 Sep. 2018 Morgan’s opinion piece, now published on his own website,, stitches information together from various stories published in The News Tribune while omitting key facts. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist calls rival a liar as contest heats up," 18 Aug. 2018 Not only was his history with Cohn omitted but, more pertinently in 2017, so was his considerable role in transforming Trump from a local celebrity into a national figure. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "The Original Donald Trump," 29 Apr. 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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