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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Prop CC would take away our grandkid’s grandkids right to decide whether to keep or remit excess tax refunds. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Cowboy up and repeal of Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights," 28 June 2019 Two ways to look at it both come with drawbacks—and lead to a big role for something outside the Fed’s remit: stock prices. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Is Money Easy or Tight? It Depends on the Stock Market," 4 Apr. 2019 The big jump came in part from a change in state law which took effect in January, requiring marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales taxes on behalf of third-party sellers. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Alabama retail sales up significantly this year," 14 June 2019 Although Russia had restricted the OPCW’s remit to prevent it from identifying the perpetrator, the UN researchers later confirmed to Reuters that the sarin gas used in August 2013 came from the same regime stock used in Khan Shaykhun. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 The 55-year-old executive’s remit spans everything from brokerage and individual-retirement accounts to the team that devises new investment products. WSJ, "The Money Managers to Watch in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Traders have mostly run the division since the early 2000s, a slant that some executives say contributed to a focus on protecting the firm’s own returns, a trader’s remit, at the expense of client service, the job of a salesman. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs to Name New Trading Co-Head Amid Reboot," 5 Aug. 2018 Iterations of these were included for the show, but performance wasn’t the end goal; Ekroth’s remit was to reimagine this heritage sports brand as a streetwear label that would appeal to hypebeasts and hometown kids alike. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Rolf Ekroth, a Rising Finn, Scores Big With a Double Debut at Pitti Uomo," 10 Jan. 2019 Global Vision Group uses an array of mechanisms designed to obfuscate its activities to coordinate with National Iranian Oil Co. to remit payment for oil being shipped to Syria, the Treasury alleged. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Puts Sanctions on Oil Network It Says Supports Syria’s Assad," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Carrying out arrests and imposing penalties on poachers is the remit of police or government rangers. Marjan Yazdi, National Geographic, "From poachers to protectors, meet the rangers of Masjed Mountain," 7 Mar. 2019 Dean Smith has worked with Neal Maupay before and the forward fits his transfer remit: young, hungry and athletic. SI.com, "Aston Villa: 5 Players Dean Smith Should Sign to Ensure Premier League Survival Next Season," 6 June 2019 Highlight: Melbourne International Arts Festival The annual event formerly known as Melbourne Festival returns with a grander name (MIAF for short) and a more ambitious remit: to compete with the best arts festivals across the globe. Dan F. Stapleton, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Melbourne in October 2018," 26 Sep. 2018 Bjorn and two of his assistants, Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood, are playing in Denmark but part of their remit this week will be checking on the form of potential wild-card picks. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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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