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

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. 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since then, some lawmakers from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party have called on Britain to remove itself from the remit of the court, which is part of the Council of Europe rather than the European Union. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 Following a consultation period, the next stage, which will be funded by the creative industries, is to design the remit, structure and funding arrangements for the ISA. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 June 2022 In this century, his remit as a columnist with the entire world as his beat led him to cover repressive rulers in Turkey, Hungary, India, and beyond. Krithika Varagur, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Under securities rules, a virtual currency may fall under the SEC’s remit if Americans buy the token to fund a company or project with the intention of profiting from the efforts of those involved in it. Matt Robinson, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 Under securities rules, a virtual currency may fall under the SEC’s remit if Americans buy the token to fund a company or project with the intention of profiting from the efforts of those involved in it. Matt Robinson And Bloomberg, Fortune, 9 June 2022 Moreover, new laws being developed could expand the remit to include a requirement for companies to demonstrate due diligence in regard to human rights. Roger Trapp, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The groups involved in the crimes are often tied to other crimes in ICE HSI’s remit, including drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, terror financing and weapons trafficking. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 1 June 2022 But where those films were each arranged, with stunning singlemindedness, around one particular event — the death services for Stalin and an underacknowledged 1941 Nazi massacre, respectively — the remit here is broader and vaguer. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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18 Jul 2022

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“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for remit

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

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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