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 company’s 2019 dividends could have funded most of the $5.3 billion that Bechai estimates Boeing remitted to its 737 suppliers this year; another quarter or two of dividends could have sustained the suppliers until the Max is recertified. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Boeing Axes CEO as Company Hits New Heights of Self-Denial," 23 Dec. 2019 By April 1, funds that have not been claimed by and remitted to the entitled parties then go to the city’s finance director. cleveland, "Council passes resolution asking South Euclid Municipal Court judge to remit $134,000 in unclaimed court costs," 17 Oct. 2019 Currently, the flow is the opposite: Municipalities do all the dirty work of generating cash, but remit those funds to the Ministry of Finance, which then decides how to dole it out. Washington Post, "China’s Scariest Assets Are Hiding Under Your Bed," 23 Apr. 2019 Online shoppers who reside in one of the 45 states that have a sales tax should have been reporting and remitting those levies to their state of residence. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "Online purchases may become more expensive," 28 June 2018 The potential foreign exchange inflows from investment will be cancelled as the foreign currency does not get into any of the country’s economic systems as it is given to a Chinese company that remits its profits to China. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz Africa, "A currency swap deal with China could backfire on Zimbabwe’s hope to build forex reserves," 16 Jan. 2020 Companies enrolled in the state plan have to remit payroll taxes for 15 months before their employees receive any benefits. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 20 Dec. 2019 Until this year, professors at the UC Davis veterinary school were required to remit all of their outside earnings to the school’s profit-sharing plan. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Medical Professors are Supposed to Share Their Outside Income With the University of California. But Many Don’t.," 6 Dec. 2019 So, even if Sandy Oaks voters choose to pull out of the city’s arrangement with VIA, the city will still have to remit part of its sales tax revenue to the transit agency. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Why it would be a mistake for Sandy Oaks to withdraw from VIA," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Its remit to maintain or restore international peace and security essentially means that its financial needs are endless. Gary Wilson, Quartz, "The US plays a unique role in UN solvency," 14 Nov. 2019 While foreign exchange is beyond Carney’s official remit, companies have to be able to rely on a fairly predictable currency outlook. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Mark Carney Is Smacked in the Face by Brexit Reality," 31 July 2019 The Ukraine Mission worked hand in hand with Special Envoy Kurt Volker, another experienced diplomat with a special remit to address the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The Oregonian/oregonlive Politics Team, oregonlive, "Read Gordon Sondland’s opening statement on Ukraine scandal," 17 Oct. 2019 The new remit includes promoting brevity and comprehensibility in accounts and annual reports – three cheers to that. Washington Post, "Wanted: Rottweiler to Lead New U.K. Audit Watchdog," 20 Sep. 2019 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

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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

6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remittable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=remit003. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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