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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, over $65 billion is remitted into the region each year, with an additional $18 billion worth of annual transfers carried out locally too. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Thailand-based Velo Says Blockchain Will Revolutionize Remittance in South East Asia," 12 Aug. 2019 Out-of-state retailers with at least $100,000 in annual sales in Massachusetts need to collect and remit the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on items sold here. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves to expand tax on online sales," 23 July 2019 The state Assembly has approved a bill that would require online vendors like Amazon to collect and remit sales taxes from third-party sellers in perpetuity, a move that would trigger income tax cuts. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Amazon’s Albany lobbying in recent years has focused on opposing a proposal by Mr. Cuomo to mandate larger online marketplaces to collect and remit state sales tax. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Amazon Hires Public-Affairs Firms to Aid New York Efforts," 5 Dec. 2018 Guests are charged the taxes on their bills and Airbnb then remits them to the state or city. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Airbnb to collect city hotel taxes from rental guests," 1 July 2019 The platforms would collect the taxes and remit them to the hosts, who would have to pay the county’s tax collector. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Airbnb rule changes may not end lawsuits," 4 June 2019 The city relies on Airbnb to collect the tax and remit it to the city. Tony Bizjak And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "The 'hotel' next door: Airbnb rentals face backlash in some Sacramento neighborhoods," 17 June 2018 Hoops said in bankruptcy court), and watched as payroll taxes were withheld but not remitted and 401(k) payments withheld but not deposited. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet for all the pomp, the new court has an uncertain future, clouded by doubts about how many firms will agree to use it—though its remit now extends to large disputes involving foreign businesses, not just belt-and-road deals. The Economist, "A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals," 6 June 2019 However, since the Egyptian is 31, his signing would fall outside of the club's transfer remit. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Neres to United, Leicester Eye Celtic Star, Lopes to Everton, Newcastle or Villa," 4 Aug. 2019 Negative’s debut followed on the heels of ThirdLove, the popular direct-to-consumer lingerie brand that offers simple styles in a dazzling array of sizes, and it’s been followed by the launch of other labels with a similar remit. Maya Singer, Vogue, "The Perfect Fit: Lingerie Brands Are Now—Finally!—Making Bras for Real Women," 11 July 2019 Instead of pushing to expand its remit, Democrats have spent the last decade fighting to protect it from waves of attacks from the right. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Biden’s Pitch to Voters: Dream Small," 19 July 2019 Each team had slightly different remits, each integral to their organizations in their own way. Christina Janzer, Quartz at Work, "Slack’s director of research explains how to build your best user research team," 15 July 2019 Eritrea’s Isaias has also been to Sudan, but with a rather different remit. Martin Plaut, Quartz Africa, "The glow of the historic accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has faded," 9 July 2019 That doesn't come close to fitting within United's remit for a potential deal, however. SI.com, "Manchester United Set to Reject Initial Loan Proposal From Inter for Romelu Lukaku," 28 June 2019 The rabbi, the minister, and the religious sister were all clear that what lies beyond is no part of their remit. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 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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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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