remit

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verb

re·​mit ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio)
remitted; remitting

transitive verb

1
a
: to lay aside (a mood or disposition) partly or wholly
b
: to desist from (an activity)
c
: to let (attention or diligence) slacken : relax
2
a
: 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
5
6
: to send (money) to a person or place especially in payment of a demand, account, or draft

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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)
remitment noun
remittable adjective
remitter noun

remit

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noun

re·​mit ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio)
ˈrē-ˌmit
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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Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Many states quickly responded with laws redefining which businesses must collect and remit sales tax. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 15 July 2022 If investors don’t receive the $100 million in payments in their accounts by May 27, Russia will enter a 30-day grace period to remit the funds, after which point the country could be called in default by its creditors. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Woodfin is using his executive authority to remit these traffic fines and parking fees. al, 22 Mar. 2022 The builder needs to remit funds Friday to repay a maturing loan that backs a private bond, REDD reported. Rebecca Choong Wilkins, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 The hotels then remit those taxes to the state and the state sends that money back to the county. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 Non-resident companies such as Netflix and Meta, who offer digital services are also required to remit 6% of the annual turnover of their business with Nigeria to the FIRS under the new regulation. Adegoke Oyeniyi, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 Most experts have their patients on methimazole for one to two years, as many cases of Graves’ disease will remit in that time. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2022 In addition, a way to remit funds directly is also boon for an economy such as that of Nigeria, relying heavily on a diaspora. Vipin Bharathan, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022
Noun
Leaving something to the imagination is the MNZ remit. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Sep. 2022 Sarah’s remit will include working alongside Gerhard Zeiler and his team to define and implement our international programming strategy. Michael Schneider, Variety, 15 Aug. 2022 Then owned by a friend of the Reffstrups, the pair took over in 2009 and widened the brand's remit with the help of just a couple of employees. Leah Dolan, CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 Her remit is extremely broad — anything is fair game for her critic's quill. Rhoda Feng, The Week, 12 Apr. 2022 Imposing new requirements on regional firms broadly, and as part of individual merger applications, is within his and the Fed’s remit. Justin Baer, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 The native of Spain later expanded his remit to include oversight of Meta’s core infrastructure, ad products, marketing, analytics, corporate development, and trust and safety issues. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Further, despite being under private ownership, the government also expects Channel 4 to maintain its remit to provide distinctive and experimental programming. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 The decision of the Metropolitan police to investigate the parties means a number of gatherings are now beyond Gray’s remit and involve potential breaches of the law. Robert Hart, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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"

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of remit was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near remit

Cite this Entry

“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

remit

verb

re·​mit ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio)
remitted; remitting
1
: to send money (as in payment)
2

Medical Definition

remit

intransitive verb

re·​mit ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio)
remitted; remitting
: to abate symptoms for a period : go into or be in remission
her leukemia remitted for a year

Legal Definition

remit

verb

re·​mit ri-ˈmit How to pronounce remit (audio)
remitted; remitting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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)

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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