[ deb-it ]
/ ˈdɛb ɪt /


the recording or an entry of debt in an account.
  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).
an undesirable or disadvantageous feature.

verb (used with object)

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debiting


/ (ˈdɛbɪt) accounting /


  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)

verb -its, -iting or -ited

  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)

Word Origin for debit

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



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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