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debit

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noun
  1. the recording or an entry of debt in an account.
  2. Bookkeeping.
    1. that which is entered in an account as a debt; a recorded item of debt.
    2. any entry or the total shown on the debit side.
    3. the left-hand side of an account on which such entries are made (opposed to credit).
  3. an undesirable or disadvantageous feature.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to charge with a debt: The store debited her account for the purchase.
  2. to charge as a debt: The store debited the purchase to her account.
  3. Bookkeeping. to enter upon the debit side of an account.
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Origin of debit

1400–50; late Middle English < Old French < Latin dēbitum something owed; see debt
Related formspre·deb·it, noun, verb (used with object)re·deb·it, verb (used with object)un·deb·it·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for debited

Historical Examples

  • His position was clearly credited and debited in the ledger of life.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • The fees in connection with this are debited to the husband.

  • This we kept, and the boat was debited with the amount on the company's books.

  • The side that is first debited with 100 points loses the game.

  • Those he drew from our van, and was debited with the amount of the same.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for debited

debit

noun
    1. acknowledgment of a sum owing by entry on the left side of an account
    2. the left side of an account
    3. an entry on this side
    4. the total of such entries
    5. (as modifier)a debit balance Compare credit (def. 10)
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verb -its, -iting or -ited
  1. (tr)
    1. to record (an item) as a debit in an account
    2. to charge (a person or his account) with a debtCompare credit (def. 17)
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin dēbitum debt
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Word Origin and History for debited

debit

n.

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.

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