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 remit (audio) \ noun
remittable \ ri-​ˈmi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce remit (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 Bills seeking to mandate online retailers remit sales taxes have failed the last two sessions, including a measure filed last year by Gruters, the state’s GOP committee chair. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 12 Mar. 2021 Within one month, his depression began to remit for the first time in more than a year. David H. Rosmarin, Scientific American, 15 June 2021 The Fed would monetize the debt with bond purchases and remit interest payments to Treasury, which would finance the mandatory spending. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 June 2021 The fatigue and limited energy of these employees may not remit for many months, if ever. Prudy Gourguechon, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Florida law has long required consumers to voluntarily remit unpaid sales taxes on purchases if those sales taxes were not collected by the seller. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Apr. 2021 The announcement also was a major victory for business groups that have lobbied for years to force out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021 The governor has clemency power and can grant pardons and remit fines with the approval of just two members of his Cabinet. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Unless workers opt out, their employers are required to remit money from payroll deductions to CalSavers to be deposited in IRAs set up on the employees’ behalf. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After stints at Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and at the helm of Pal Zileri, the 35-year-old designer has a wide remit in bringing the Ferrari name off of the racetrack and onto the backs of a different customer base. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 14 June 2021 But your remit in your new job is larger than just terrorism. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2021 Despite a strong push by Western representatives to include Tigray in previous deliberations, many African countries, as well as China and Russia, had argued that the conflict is an internal Ethiopian affair and outside the body’s remit. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 The legal function’s new role and remit is to proactively defend the company and drive value for the enterprise and its customers. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Last week’s crypto volatility was spurred by China curbing financial institutions’ use of crypto currencies (twice announced), and by the US Treasury’s move to draw cryptocurrency holdings into the remit of the taxation system. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 21 May 2021 This raises significant questions as to whether ITMS has been exceeding its delegated authority or acting beyond its legal remit in its investigations. Shawn Boburg, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2021 Democrats have said that Republicans want to broaden the remit of the probe to deflect attention from the Jan. 6 attack and the culpability of Mr. Trump and some of his followers. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 18 May 2021 Already, at least one member of the Facebook Oversight Board has publicly criticized its limited remit. Billy Perrigo, Time, 5 May 2021

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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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6 Jul 2021

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“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for remit

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)

remit

intransitive verb
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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