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

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 Short-term rentals also have to collect and remit the city's 2% hotel, motel and restaurant sales tax. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 20 Dec. 2021 Rather, wholesalers remit collected fees to municipalities every April, and municipal officials are urged to spend the money on reducing the impact of litter. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 11 Dec. 2021 Legislation requiring these entities to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of participating remote vendors was quickly passed and implemented, and market facilitators began collecting sales tax on a prospective basis. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 29 July 2021 It’s no longer necessary to go directly through a bank to remit or receive payments. Luigi Wewege, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 This is the face of, unfortunately, very challenging legislation in other states, that seek to remit care, standard of care, for those youths. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Sales-tax revenues also likely will be bolstered by a new law that requires out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians. orlandosentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Berlant was a critic and scholar of gender and sexuality whose remit stretched from 19th-century American literature to Monica Lewinsky to BoJack Horseman. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 His remit is ball security, creativity and defense. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Nov. 2021 Wood’s remit is to focus on pop music commissions across TV, iPlayer and Digital, while collaborating with radio and BBC Sounds to deliver across the portfolio. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 But constructing thousands of miles of new sewers — not to mention rerouting highways and other herculean, long-term measures — was never Rebuild’s remit. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 For central banks to assume such a role is, on any reasonable interpretation of their function, way beyond their remit, which tends, not least in the case of the Fed, to have been narrowly defined. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2021 From the Archives With its newest fund, Circulate expects to expand its investment remit to the U.S. and Europe and broaden its strategy to include companies that produce technologies and materials. Laura Kreutzer, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Now, an array of accelerated trends is expanding the organizational remit and laying down new mandates for B2B marketers. Forrester, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Public-health professionals sometimes contend that grand societal problems are beyond the remit of their field. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 23 Oct. 2021

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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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7 Jan 2022

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“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for remit

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 How to pronounce remit (audio) \
remitted; remitting

Kids Definition of remit

1 : to send money (as in payment)

remit

intransitive verb
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

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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