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 singularThe 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 remit (audio) \ noun
remittable \ ri-​ˈmi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce remit (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Escrow agents are still expected to remit tax payments on behalf of their customers according to the regular timetable, that is, by Feb. 1. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 The White House said Johnson was also behind Trump's pardon of James Batmasian, who pled guilty to willful failure to collect and remit payroll taxes. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Trump pardons former campaign chairman Paul Manafort along with Charles Kushner, other allies," 23 Dec. 2020 Florida is one of seven states that does not require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax from online purchases, placing an honor system on residents to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Facing $2.7B budget shortfall, Florida lawmakers again will ponder ‘e-fairness’ legislation," 2 Dec. 2020 The group wants the state to collect what state economists estimate is $700 million by requiring all remote and online sellers to collect and remit to the state sales taxes. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Give businesses immunity from COVID lawsuits, task force tells Florida legislators in 2021 wish list," 2 Dec. 2020 Dispensaries must charge a sales tax to recreational marijuana customers and remit that tax to the state, county and city. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego files first lawsuit seeking unpaid cannabis taxes," 22 Oct. 2020 The burden will be on employers to collect and remit the extra taxes, according to guidance the Internal Revenue Service issued late last week. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Will Trump’s payroll tax deferral boost your paycheck? Maybe for a time, if your employer participates - but ‘it’s not free money.’," 1 Sep. 2020 However, that number comes with an asterisk, as the state did allow some smaller retailers and restaurants to wait as late as June 1 to remit sales taxes without a penalty. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Alabama sales tax revenue up 6 percent in 2020, despite coronavirus," 12 Aug. 2020 More people opted to shop online instead of at stores, Hegar said, adding that more online marketplace and remote vendors have had to collect and remit taxes since a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus changing back-to-school shopping, sales tax holiday," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over the next year and a half, the company is gearing up to become a center for racial healing and equity, broadening its mission and remit. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Penumbra Theatre leader Sarah Bellamy readies a vision to meet the moment," 6 Nov. 2020 The commissioner’s remit was broad, and so Harrison, with his curly blond hair and his big smile, also supervised many of the camps in which Americans with Japanese ancestry were interned. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Searching for Refuge After the Second World War," 2 Nov. 2020 Students would represent an unprecedented expansion in the use of vaccines which haven’t completed full human testing, though the Chinese regulator can determine that the group can come under the remit of emergency use. Bloomberg.com, "China Looking at Giving Students Vaccines Still Being Tested," 13 Oct. 2020 The two promotions show that some finance chiefs have significant leverage within their companies to expand their remit, said Peter Crist, chairman at Crist|Kolder Associates. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Urban Outfitters Promotes CFO to COO as Part of Executive Shuffle," 13 Oct. 2020 Among those who picked up the remit, emails show, was a policy analyst named Ian M. Smith. Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, "How President Trump’s false claim of voter fraud is being used to disenfranchise Americans.," 30 Sep. 2020 Slack does not have a dedicated head of diversity and inclusion, but part of Rawlinson's remit will be D&I initiatives. Fortune, "Slack hires former Live Nation exec as new chief people officer," 16 Sep. 2020 Yesterday, the organization announced new inclusion requirements that seem bold at first glance, a drastic remit to studios about the kinds of stories that deserve a Best Picture Oscar. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Oscars’ New Diversity Standards Are Low. That’s Part of the Point.," 10 Sep. 2020 The decision was well within the agency’s remit but nevertheless generated instant controversy. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The ‘Emergency Use’ Loophole," 26 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for remit

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for remit

remit

verb
How to pronounce remit (audio)

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
How to pronounce remit (audio)

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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