[ deb-it ]
See synonyms for: debitdebiteddebiting on

  1. the recording or an entry of debt in an account.

  2. Bookkeeping.

    • 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).

  1. an undesirable or disadvantageous feature.

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.

  1. Bookkeeping. to enter upon the debit side of an account.

Origin of debit

1400–50; late Middle English <Old French <Latin dēbitum something owed; see debt

Other words from debit

  • pre·deb·it, noun, verb (used with object)
  • re·deb·it, verb (used with object)
  • un·deb·it·ed, adjective

Words Nearby debit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use debit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for debit


/ (ˈdɛbɪt) accounting /

    • 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)

verb-its, -iting or -ited
  1. (tr)

    • to record (an item) as a debit in an account

    • to charge (a person or his account) with a debt: Compare credit (def. 17)

Origin of debit

C15: from Latin dēbitum debt

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