- An example of remit is to pardon someone for lying.
- An example of remit is to mail a check to a friend.
transitive verb-·mit′ted, -·mit′ting
- to forgive or pardon (sins, offenses, etc.)
- to refrain from exacting (a payment, tax, etc.)
- to refrain from inflicting (a punishment) or enforcing (a sentence or fine); cancel
- to let slacken; decrease: without remitting one's efforts
- to submit or refer (a matter) for consideration, judgment, etc.
- Law remand (transitive verb)
- to put back, as into a state or position
- to put off; postpone
- to send (money) in payment: please remit the full amount by the date shown
- Obs. to give up; surrender
Origin of remitMiddle English remytten from Classical Latin remittere (pp. remissus), to send back, in LL(Ec), to forgive sin from re-, back + mittere, to send: see mission
- to become more moderate in force or intensity
- to have its symptoms lessen or disappear: said of a disease
- to send money, as in payment; pay
- the act or an instance of remitting
- Brit. the area of responsibility, expertise, etc. of a person, agency, etc.
verbre·mit·ted, re·mit·ting, re·mits
- To transmit (money) in payment.
- a. To refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example); cancel.b. To pardon; forgive: remitted their sins.
- To restore to a former condition or position.
- Law a. To refer (a case) to another court for further consideration or action.b. To refer (a matter) to a committee or authority for decision.
- To allow to slacken: The storm remitted its fury.
- To transmit money.
- To diminish; abate: The symptoms of the disease remitted.
- A matter remitted for further consideration.
- Chiefly British An area of responsibility; scope.
Origin of remitMiddle English remitten to send back from Latin remittere re- re- mittere to send
(third-person singular simple present remits, present participle remitting, simple past and past participle remitted)
- To forgive, pardon.
- To refrain from exacting or enforcing.
- to remit the performance of an obligation
- To give up, stop succumbing to (a negative emotion etc.).
- To allow (something) to slacken, to relax (one's attention etc.).
- To refer (something) for deliberation, judgment, etc. (to a particular body or person).
- To send back; to give up; to surrender; to resign.
- To restore.
- To postpone.
- To transmit or send, as money in payment.
- (chiefly UK) terms of reference; set of responsibilities.
From Latin remittere (“to send, send back").
(third-person singular simple present reëmits, present participle reëmitting, simple past and past participle reëmitted)
- Alternative form of reemit.