[verb, noun ri-mit; noun ree-mit]
- to transmit or send (money, a check, etc.) to a person or place, usually in payment.
- to refrain from inflicting or enforcing, as a punishment, sentence, etc.
- to refrain from exacting, as a payment or service.
- to pardon or forgive (a sin, offense, etc.).
- to slacken; abate; relax: to remit watchfulness.
- to give back: to remit an overpayment.
- Law. to send back (a case) to an inferior court for further action.
- to put back into a previous position or condition.
- to put off; postpone; defer.
- Obsolete. to set free; release.
- Obsolete. to send back to prison or custody.
- Obsolete. to give up; surrender.
- to transmit money, a check, etc., as in payment.
- to abate for a time or at intervals, as a fever.
- to slacken; abate.
- Law. a transfer of the record of an action from one tribunal to another, particularly from an appellate court to the court of original jurisdiction.
- something remitted, as for further deliberation or action.
- the act of remitting.
- Chiefly British. the area of authority of a person or group.
Origin of remit
1325–75; Middle English remitten < Latin remittere to send back, let go back, concede, allow, equivalent to re- re- + mittere to send
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1. forward. 4. excuse, overlook. 5. diminish. 6. return, restore.
1. retain. 4. condemn. 5. increase.
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Examples from the Web for remit
But that was not within the remit of the Dutch investigators.MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet
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He questioned whether preventing pictures being taken was part of the police protection unit's remit.James Middleton - Should Royal Police Have Parked His Car?
October 1, 2012
Fifty minutes later, when the remit to oversee the bid was awarded to Hunt, Osborne replied, “I hope you like the solution!”Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt ‘Sympathetic’ to Murdoch BSkyB Bid
May 31, 2012
The stoutest antagonist, if he remit his watch a moment, is oppressed.
Yes—Mademoiselle had charged her to remit the billet to Monsieur.The Incomplete Amorist
Be so good as send me Fergusson, by Connell, and I will remit you the money.The Letters of Robert Burns
You will remit to her my casket, in which all my private papers are kept.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
They say Shuffles is teasing him to remit the rest of the penalty.Down the Rhine
- (also intr) to send (money, payment, etc), as for goods or service, esp by post
- law (esp of an appeal court) to send back (a case or proceeding) to an inferior court for further consideration or action
- to cancel or refrain from exacting (a penalty or punishment)
- (also intr) to relax (pace, intensity, etc) or (of pace or the like) to slacken or abate
- to postpone; defer
- archaic to pardon or forgive (crime, sins, etc)
- the area of authority or responsibility of an individual or a groupby taking that action, the committee has exceeded its remit
- law the transfer of a case from one court or jurisdiction to another, esp from an appeal court to an inferior tribunal
- the act of remitting
- something remitted
- NZ a proposal from a branch of an organization put forward for discussion at the annual general meeting
C14: from Latin remittere to send back, release, re- + mittere to send
Word Origin and History for remit
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To diminish; abate.
- To transmit money.
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