remit

verb
re·mit | \ri-ˈmit \
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, 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 \ noun
remittable \ri-ˈmi-tə-bəl \ 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

But the new decision means that those millions of small businesses may now need to collect and remit sales taxes in the 45 states that have them. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Sales-Tax Ruling Poised to Hit Small Businesses Hard," 21 June 2018 The platform has become popular with Somalilanders abroad, who use it to remit money home over mobile—one major source of dollars here. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 The reality is that the vast majority of people simply do not remit taxes on internet purchases. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "Online purchases may become more expensive," 28 June 2018 With the justices’ blessing, the door is now wide open for states to begin forcing online retailers to begin collecting taxes and remitting the windfall to their treasuries. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court: Forget What We Said Before About Not Having to Pay Sales Tax Online," 21 June 2018 Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting 7 percent hotel occupancy taxes on behalf of its hosts and guests in Auburn, beginning today. William Thornton, AL.com, "Airbnb to collect, pay occupancy taxes in Auburn," 1 May 2018 In cities including Philadelphia and Jersey City, Airbnb has worked with governments to craft regulations — everything from requiring hosts to have permits, to Airbnb agreeing to collect and remit local taxes. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Collingswood begins shutting down Airbnbs, as cities and towns worldwide struggle to regulate it," 27 June 2018 Smaller online retailers that have so far escaped the tax also would have to collect and remit sales taxes. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Save it, spend it or give it back? Future online sales tax windfall stirs debate in Maryland," 22 June 2018 According to terms of the resignation agreement, the village will make a one-time, lump sum payment to Wiberg of $58,610 – minus taxes – and that the village will remit payment for an amount equal to 6.5 percent of this amount to his pension. Kyra Senese, chicagotribune.com, "Longtime Lincolnwood village manager tenders 'irrevocable' resignation; trustees approve payout," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 That said, Trump’s initiative seems to expand previous offices’ remit in a number of ways. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Faith-Based PR Strategy," 3 May 2018 That said, Trump’s initiative seems to expand previous offices’ remit in a number of ways. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Trump’s latest appeal to evangelicals: a new office to protect religious liberty," 3 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"

Verb

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

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remit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: an area of responsibility and authority

remit

verb
re·mit | \ri-ˈmit \
remitted; remitting

Kids Definition of remit

1 : to send money (as in payment)

re·mit | \ri-ˈmit \
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 \
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

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