- 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).
verb (used with object)
- debit card,
- debit policy,
Origin of debit
Examples from the Web for debited
The side that is first debited with 100 points loses the game.
To be debited to the account of M. H. Said we would have nothing to do with it without more knowledge of our principal.Erema|R. D. Blackmore
An account should be opened in the stock ledger with Capital Stock, which account will be debited with all stock issued.
His position was clearly credited and debited in the ledger of life.Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
He is given a certain allowance out of the paternal estate, but, if he spends more, he is debited with the excess amount.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
- 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
- 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 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.