\ 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 In that case, the decision to omit (or ignore) existing research—which suggested that other coronaviruses are likely to be spread by air—might well have been a deadly mistake. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "A Lack of Transparency Is Undermining Pandemic Policy," 16 Nov. 2020 That sounds simple enough, but many handwritten recipes found in the family recipe box and vintage cookbooks omit much of that information. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, "Our Favorite Kind of Heirloom: Passing Down Cake Recipes," 5 Nov. 2020 And those that do often omit the critical details, such as rate and availability. Washington Post, "Tired of the same old home office? Punch the clock in a hotel guest room.," 8 Oct. 2020 Scientists cannot omit data during a pandemic; all knowledge must be revealed and is part of a constructive process. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "‘Another piece of populist propaganda’: Critics slam the Brazilian government’s new COVID-19 drug," 28 Oct. 2020 After the 2016 election, Steve, who asked me to omit his last name to protect his privacy, had been trying to convince his dad not to vote for a third-party candidate again. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "Can You Sway a Loved One’s Vote?," 28 Oct. 2020 The president’s decision to completely omit the Lekki shootings from his speech was in line with the army’s official stance of denial despite a wealth of video footage which contradicts this claim. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "A tone-deaf speech by Nigeria’s president Buhari missed a chance for empathy amid national protests," 23 Oct. 2020 If Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that there is an insufficient number of Candidates nominated for any Category, Sponsor reserves the right to omit that Category from the Ballots., "Harford Magazine’s Best of Harford Readers’ Choice Poll: Official Rules," 22 Oct. 2020 One Vatican official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said any decision to omit certain parts of the 2019 interview would have come from the Vatican rather than the network. Washington Post, "Pope Francis documentary prompts questions about circumstance of civil unions comment," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of omit was in the 15th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Omit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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 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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