\ 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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There was a new phone, a tablet, and a competitor to the Echo Show and Facebook Portal that distinguishes itself by omitting a camera. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 A few dishes are vegetarian or can be made so by omitting garnishes, but the menu leans heavily to seafood. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 By omitting the allegations about Stein’s professional behavior and departure, Politico allows Stein to control the narrative around his resignation. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "The Men Who Are Plotting Their Post-MeToo Comebacks," 19 Apr. 2018 Tips & Techniques Convert these biscuits to savory ones by omitting both sugars and adding 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper to the dry ingredients. Country Living, "Pistachio Drop Biscuits," 9 Mar. 2018 Feinstein also accuses Grassley and Graham of omitting key facts about Steele's interactions with the FBI. The Washington Post,, "Trump will not immediately release Democrats' memo on FBI surveillance," 9 Feb. 2018 After both Taylor and Karlie omitted one another's names from public friend lists, fans started to speculate that there might be bad blood between the pair, especially given how long it's been since they were last seen together. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Just Shared Adorable Proof That She And Taylor Swift Are Still Besties," 27 Aug. 2018 In October, the court approved $139,000 for six months of the program, from November through April, after initially omitting the program from its annual budget. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar commissioners OK guardianship funding with plans to include program in 2019 budget," 11 Apr. 2018 The sources note for the graphic incorrectly omitted this information and incorrectly said the center was the source for graduation rates and college costs, which weren’t included among the data included in the graphic. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 19 Dec. 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)
formal : 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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to deny responsibility for

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