- the recording or an entry of debt in an account.
- that which is entered in an account as a debt; a recorded item of debt.
- any entry or the total shown on the debit side.
- the left-hand side of an account on which such entries are made (opposed to credit).
- an undesirable or disadvantageous feature.
- to charge with a debt: The store debited her account for the purchase.
- to charge as a debt: The store debited the purchase to her account.
- Bookkeeping. to enter upon the debit side of an account.
Origin of debit
Examples from the Web for debit
A new startup has created a miracle gadget that unites all your credit, debit and gift cards into a single card.Coin Promises Freedom From A Wallet Full of Cards
Lauren DeLisa Coleman
November 15, 2013
If you had the choice, would you rather use your debit card or your smartphone to access your account at an ATM?New Bank ATMs Feature Human Presence
August 5, 2013
Generally speaking, to buy stuff online, you need to have a bank account, a debit card, and credit cards.Three Cheers for the Internet Tax!
April 24, 2013
She was paying for her lunch when her debit card got rejected in front of everybody.Mothers Who Drag Their Daughters Down
March 11, 2013
The best rates come from your debit card, but be sure you have one with international perks like HSBC Premier.How to Make Your Trip Run Smoothly
January 1, 2011
Would you exterminate him because in your blindness you only note the debit side?"Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Debit balances have increased £509,840, and now include Treasury bills.The World in Chains
The law of debit and credit is curious, and amounts to actual slavery.Four Young Explorers
It was Desk and Debit, for which I had been seeking for weeks.Desk and Debit
On the debit side: "To team, Sambo and Dinah, with wagon and harness, $578.00."The Huntress
- acknowledgment of a sum owing by entry on the left side of an account
- the left side of an account
- an entry on this side
- the total of such entries
- (as modifier)a debit balance Compare credit (def. 10)
- to record (an item) as a debit in an account
- to charge (a person or his account) with a debtCompare credit (def. 17)
Word Origin and History for debit
mid-15c., from Middle French debet or directly from Latin debitum "thing owed, that which is owing," neuter past participle of debere "to owe" (see debt). As a verb from 1680s. Debit card is attested from 1975.