remit

verb
re·​mit | \ ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio) \
remitted; remitting

Definition of remit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to lay aside (a mood or disposition) partly or wholly
b : to desist from (an activity)
c : to let (attention or diligence) slacken : relax
2a : to release from the guilt or penalty of remit sins
b : to refrain from exacting remit a tax
c : to cancel or refrain from inflicting remit the penalty
d : to give relief from (suffering)
3 : to submit or refer for consideration, judgment, decision, or action specifically : remand
4 : to restore or consign to a former status or condition
6 : to send (money) to a person or place especially in payment of a demand, account, or draft

intransitive verb

1a : to abate in force or intensity : moderate
b : to abate symptoms (as of a disease) for a period
2 : to send money (as in payment)

remit

noun
re·​mit | \ ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio) , ˈrē-ˌmit\

Definition of remit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : an area of responsibility or authority usually singular The problem was outside/beyond our remit.The BBC simply no longer sees producing Shakespeare as part of its remit as a public service television broadcaster.— John Morrison
2 : an act of remitting
3 : something remitted to another person or authority

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Other Words from remit

Verb

remitment \ ri-​ˈmit-​mənt How to pronounce remitment (audio) \ noun
remittable \ ri-​ˈmi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce remittable (audio) \ adjective
remitter noun

Examples of remit in a Sentence

Verb

A patient who has mild flare-ups in the skin and joints twice a year may one day awaken with kidney failure or paralysis that, one month later, mysteriously remits. — Elizabeth Rosenthal, New York Times Book Review, 19 Nov. 1989 And he was, therefore, as little surprised as a man could be, to find himself awakened at the small inn to which he had been remitted until morning, in the middle of the night. — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 I was brought in guilty and sentenced to die; but that the judges, having been made sensible of the hardship of my circumstances, had obtained leave to remit the sentence upon my consenting to be transported. — Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, 1722 Please remit $1,000 upon receipt of this letter. Payment can be remitted by check. The governor remitted the remainder of her life sentence.
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Global Vision Group uses an array of mechanisms designed to obfuscate its activities to coordinate with National Iranian Oil Co. to remit payment for oil being shipped to Syria, the Treasury alleged. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Puts Sanctions on Oil Network It Says Supports Syria’s Assad," 20 Nov. 2018 Several justices sympathized with the argument presented by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley that states are losing revenue because many online retailers do not collect and remit sales taxes -- and consumers don't pay them voluntarily. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court closely divided on changing rules for online sales tax collection," 17 Apr. 2018 Businesses could still choose to collect and remit other states’ sales taxes rather than risk potential penalties. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "New Hampshire Fights Supreme Court Sales-Tax Ruling," 24 July 2018 The hospitality platform says Auburn is one of 300 cities globally where the company is voluntarily collected and remitting occupancy taxes. William Thornton, AL.com, "Airbnb to collect, pay occupancy taxes in Auburn," 1 May 2018 Leaks or other news about his investigation will undermine public confidence in a probe that has already wandered far from its original Russia remit and has now lasted 16 months without a resolution. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Manafort Plea," 14 Sep. 2018 In a 5-4 decision released June 21, the majority ruled that states can require online retailers with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell's high court reigns supreme again on Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 On May 1, 2017, the home sharing platform began to automatically collect the 6 percent state hotel occupancy tax on behalf of its host community and remit the revenue directly to the state. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Airbnb provided $15.3M in tax revenues to Texas," 13 June 2018 Part of Camerlengo and curator in charge Jill D’Alessandro’s remit was to demystify Muslim dress, which has often been under- or misrepresented. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Modesty Makes Its Mark in “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” at the de Young Museum," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Highlight: Melbourne International Arts Festival The annual event formerly known as Melbourne Festival returns with a grander name (MIAF for short) and a more ambitious remit: to compete with the best arts festivals across the globe. Dan F. Stapleton, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Melbourne in October 2018," 26 Sep. 2018 Bjorn and two of his assistants, Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood, are playing in Denmark but part of their remit this week will be checking on the form of potential wild-card picks. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot," 28 Aug. 2018 Making that happen is the remit of Alejandro Olaya Dávila, the director of Colciencias, Colombia’s government science agency. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 The best part: None of these novel instruments would technically constitute securities, and would thus lie outside the remit of US or EU regulatory bodies. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 In a sign of internal EU conflict, the bloc’s executive arm proposed on Wednesday that the European Investment Bank expand its lending remit to cover Iran, a plan EIB President Werner Hoyer immediately rejected as being risky and unwise. Gregory Viscusi, Bloomberg.com, "With Iran Deal Teetering, Europe Seeks Exemption From U.S. Sanctions," 6 June 2018 Northeastern Syria, where Syrian Kurds have declared a self-governing autonomous region, is the biggest territory still outside the remit of the government. Liz Sly, chicagotribune.com, "Assad threatens to expel U.S. troops from Syria by 'force'," 31 May 2018 As the rapprochement with the United States has picked up pace, Kim Yong Chol appears to have taken on a broader remit to deal with the Trump administration. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "Top North Korean official believed to be on his way to the U.S. for meetings," 29 May 2018 Gaelic football is the most popular sport within its remit. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dozen players named to represent Deer Park in Mustang all-star competition," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of remit

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for remit

Verb

Middle English remitten "to send back (to prison), refer, pass on, surrender, waive, forgive," borrowed from Latin remittere "to send back, refer, release, relax, ease off, waive (a debt, punishment)," from re- re- + mittere "to release, let go, send (for a purpose)" — more at admit entry 1

Noun

Middle English remyt "pardon," noun derivative of remitten "to remit entry 1"

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The first known use of remit was in the 14th century

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remit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: to send (money) as a payment
: to cancel or free someone from (a punishment, debt, etc.)

remit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remit (Entry 2 of 2)

British, formal : an area of responsibility and authority

remit

verb
re·​mit | \ ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio) \
remitted; remitting

Kids Definition of remit

1 : to send money (as in payment)
re·​mit | \ ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio) \
remitted; remitting

Medical Definition of remit

: to abate symptoms for a period : go into or be in remission her leukemia remitted for a year

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remit

verb
re·​mit | \ ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio) \
remitted; remitting

Legal Definition of remit

transitive verb

1a : to release from the guilt or penalty of
b : to refrain from exacting remit a tax
c : to cancel or refrain from inflicting remit the fine
2 : to submit or refer for consideration, judgment, decision, or action specifically : remand
3 : to restore or consign to a former status or condition
4 : to send (money) to a person or place especially in payment of a demand, account, or draft

intransitive verb

: to send money (as in payment)

Other Words from remit

remitment noun
remittable adjective

History and Etymology for remit

Latin remittere to let go back, send back, give up, forgive, from re- back + mittere to let go, send

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