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 This is the face of, unfortunately, very challenging legislation in other states, that seek to remit care, standard of care, for those youths. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Sales-tax revenues also likely will be bolstered by a new law that requires out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians. orlandosentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 29 July 2021 Legal-like business-must reimagine its purpose, role, and remit from the business and customer perspectives. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 29 July 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 29 July 2021 The Chinese operating company would bind itself contractually to remit its profits to the offshore entity, which could then sell shares to foreign investors. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 July 2021 Thompson said the city used a state law that allows the mayor to remit fines and commute sentences imposed in municipal court to craft a program for low-level offenders. al, 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While addressing the press in Australia, IOC vice president John Coates said confronting a sovereign nation on human rights issues was not within the committee’s remit. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Few people doubt that most ICO offerings were securities within the SEC’s remit. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Waller-Bridge's remit extended far beyond developing the film's female characters, as Malek is keen to make clear. Clark Collis, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2021 However, global vaccination coverage is outside the remit of the meeting, according to Baylor. Fiona Rutherford And Anushree Dave, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 Debt instruments like the one Coinbase proposed may very well be securities, which would put them under the SEC’s remit. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 24 Sep. 2021 And as independent contractors, many gig workers fall outside the new trade unions’ legal remit, Mr. Chau said. Sha Hua, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 Rimmer’s remit currently involves negotiating a deal with private equity partners, and anyone who has had the slightest knowledge with big financiers will know, discussing things openly before they are signed and sealed is total kryptonite. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Keeling’s remit will include developing the unit’s presence in North America via its satellite office in Los Angeles.. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 6 Sep. 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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22 Oct 2021

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“Remit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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remit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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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