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deb·​it ˈde-bət How to pronounce debit (audio)
debited; debiting; debits

transitive verb

: to enter upon the debit side of an account : charge with a debit


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: a record of an indebtedness
specifically : an entry on the left-hand side of an account constituting an addition to an expense or asset account or a deduction from a revenue, net worth, or liability account
: the sum of the items entered as debits
: a charge against a bank deposit account

Examples of debit in a Sentence

Verb The bank mistakenly debited my account $200! Your account will automatically be debited for the amount of your insurance bill every month. Noun I forgot to enter some of the debits in my bank account register. The account's credits were added and the debits subtracted. a $30 debit for groceries
Recent Examples on the Web
But despite the slight uptick in gig work, BofA data shows their credit and debit spending growth is still slower than that of baby boomers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 Were your payments being automatically debited from your checking account? Janet Novack, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 Motorists with the devices can expect to have their toll debited automatically from an account as usual. Brennon Dixson, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023 Through April, the Orioles ranked 29th in the majors with minus-13 outs above average, which Statcast uses to measure the cumulative effect of all individual plays a fielder has been credited or debited with. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2023 Some people with student loans received a notice Thursday from their servicer that their next payment would automatically debit at the beginning of next month — but the Education Department said any communications from servicers about payments restarting was sent in error. Sarah Ewall-Wice, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2022 Cea Weaver, an organizer with the New York–based Housing Justice for All, told me that one tenant on rent strike said that her landlord attempted to debit an entire year of rent from her bank account. Clio Chang, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2021 In the fall of 2021, the company required all franchisees to sign a new agreement allowing Unleashed to automatically debit their bank accounts. Michael Corkery, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2023 That means that your payment will be debited from your bank account, rather than adding to your credit card balance. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, 6 June 2020
Reese was found carrying a small paring knife, a crack pipe, debit and credit cards belonging to an individual whose name was redacted and a Hyundai key fob, according to the affidavit. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2023 According to his plea agreement and related documents, Luciano spent the misappropriated funds by writing checks from the union’s account, as well as using its debit and credit accounts to pay for personal expenses directly. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2023 Make sure to bring a credit, debit or gift card — vendors do not accept cash. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 More importantly, however, handing Musk the details to one’s credit or debit account will attract merchants to the platform looking to sell their goods and services directly to the Tesla CEO’s customers. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2023 Armed robbery An iPhone, debit/credit and insurance cards and a grocery bag containing cash were reported stolen July 13 when a man allegedly entered a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of Lake Street, gave verbal demands and struck male in the vehicle with a handgun. Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 The Durbin Amendment on debit adds complexity for transit systems. Tom Groenfeldt, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 The Bank of Ireland, however, warns that all withdrawals will still appear as a debit on customer accounts. Wyatte Grantham-Philips, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2023 Since no one controls the network, no centralized account automatically records debits and credits. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History



Latin debitum debt

First Known Use


1668, in the meaning defined above


1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of debit was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Debit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
deb·​it ˈdeb-ət How to pronounce debit (audio)
: to enter as a debit : charge with or as a debt


2 of 2 noun
: an entry in an account representing an amount paid out or owed

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