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 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 State law gives Alabama mayors the authority to remit fines and commute sentences in municipal court, but Woodfin has no authority to change state marijuana laws or how they are enforced. al, 23 Apr. 2021 The state’s Board of Executive Clemency approved DeSantis’ proposal to remit the fines Wednesday, the same day both parties agreed to the automatic restoration of civil rights for people with felony convictions. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021 Florida on Monday enacted a new law requiring out-of-state online merchants to collect and remit sales tax, which supporters say will bring in an additional $1 billion a year that previously went uncollected. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Diaz’s original proposal would have required online platforms to collect and remit taxes on vacation rental properties, something the platforms have not been required to do in the past. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Apr. 2021 However, a state can require a non-Native trader to collect and remit cigarette taxes from non-tribal member purchasers. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Currently, retailers that have a physical presence in Florida must collect and remit sales taxes for items sold in the state. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Abel has long been seen as the most likely candidate to replace Buffett, given his age and his wide remit overseeing all the non-insurance businesses at Berkshire. Warren Buffett, Fortune, 3 May 2021 As its title suggests, the show’s original remit was digging into the legality of the 45th president’s actions while in office. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Bluetooth's original design remit focused on creating technology for wireless headsets. Maribel Lopez, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The Food Standards Agency was created in 2000 with a remit to rethink the country’s processing systems. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 Such delving, of course, is a biographer’s remit, yet the novelty of this case is that Lee’s investigations have been carried out while Stoppard has been engaged in a parallel search of his own. Andrew O’hagan, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 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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Time Traveler for remit

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

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19 May 2021

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“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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