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 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once the assessments are received from the property tax collection, the city then remits that to the lender. cleveland, "Middleburg Heights assists Residence Inn with energy-efficiency project," 14 May 2020 Sending money to recipients in Sub Saharan Africa remains the most expensive in the world even though the World Bank recorded a dip in costs to 8.9% in the first quarter for remitting $200, from 9.25% a year earlier. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Remittances from migrants to African countries will plunge by nearly a quarter this year," 24 Apr. 2020 These countries, including the United States, France, United Kingdom and China, account for up to a quarter of all funds remitted to African countries. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Remittances from migrants to African countries will plunge by nearly a quarter this year," 24 Apr. 2020 Businesses that remitted less than $150,000 in sales and meals taxes, or room occupancy taxes, in the 12 months that ended on Feb. 29 would be eligible for this relief. BostonGlobe.com, "TJX to close all stores and online businesses for two weeks," 19 Mar. 2020 Legislation that would explicitly require marketplace facilitators, such as Grubhub, Doordash or Uber Eats, to collect and remit sales tax on all transactions is working its way through the Tennessee General Assembly. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee lawmakers move to tax Grubhub, Uber Eats and similar services," 27 Feb. 2020 Historically, golf pros have managed the courses largely independent of the city, remitting greens fees, but keeping the vast majority of cart rental revenue, concessions and merchandise. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville lawmakers criticize Mayor Fischer's 'snubbing' of longtime golf pros," 4 Feb. 2020 But Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law School argues that broadening the board’s remit too far, too fast, could be tough. The Economist, "Facebook unveils details of its content-oversight board," 30 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, gambling at tribal casinos has continued and tribes continue to remit payments to the state. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hopkins will report to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, but will have a narrower remit than Blackburn. Matt Day, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Hires Sony TV Executive to Lead Its Studios Division," 29 Apr. 2020 Other banks are expanding the remit of existing CFO positions. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Brexit Creates New Cohort of Bank CFOs in Continental Europe," 1 July 2019 For those with conditions beyond the remit of online consultations, there are few options besides hoping that the outbreak comes under control and medical resources can be freed up again. Time, "Hospitals in China, Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Turn Away Patients With Other Pressing Needs," 21 Feb. 2020 Inspired by the self-starters of punk, the second wave of bands had a double remit: love the past and sound nothing like it. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, "Gang of Four’s Glorious and Dangerous Noise," 16 Feb. 2020 Also notionally under the new body’s remit is the Secretariat of State, which reportedly manages around €800m ($880m). The Economist, "Raids and arrests cast doubt on the Holy See’s clean-up," 10 Oct. 2019 The city has much deeper structural problems that are beyond his remit. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "They Fight Suicide Bombers. But Can Afghan Police Fight Crime?," 8 Feb. 2020 Some Facebook officials, for their part, thought the requests were too broad and beyond the remit of an antitrust investigation, some of those people said. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "EU Deepens Antitrust Inquiry Into Facebook’s Data Practices," 6 Feb. 2020 However, the football team will still be able to compete in next year's European Championship because tournament organizers UEFA fall out of WADA's remit. Ben Church & Ben Morse, CNN, "Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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