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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 From the days of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to contemporary crime shows, this has always been noir’s remit, the coupling of infrastructure and ruin. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "Héctor Tobar’s Radical Road Trip Novel," 25 Aug. 2020 But when Alexander proposed an ambitious set of experiments into mustard’s medicinal properties, he was told first by his chief, and then, on appeal, by the National Research Council, that this was not the remit of the Edgewood laboratory. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a chemical weapons disaster in World War II led to a U.S. cover-up—and a new cancer treatment," 18 Aug. 2020 Finance chiefs’ remuneration, however, hasn’t expanded as much as their remit. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Finance Chiefs Are on the Move as Pandemic Adds Strain," 14 Aug. 2020 But the solution to the current conflict might fall beyond the broadcaster’s remit. Ercan Ersoy, Bloomberg.com, "Turkish Soccer Fans Threaten Broadcast Boycott Amid Club Spat," 4 Aug. 2020 With regulators and clients increasingly calling for change, asset managers are broadening their remit beyond energy-intensive industries such as oil. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Fine Ending to July - Tropical System Poses Some Risk to Florida by Weekend," 28 July 2020 As numbers dwindle and the community fights to sustain itself, progressives want to widen the remit for new members. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 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

15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 23 Sep. 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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