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verb (used with object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.
  1. to resign (a job, public office, etc.); relinquish.
  2. Archaic. to dismiss; fire.
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verb (used without object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.
  1. to resign.
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  1. Also dimit. (especially in Freemasonry) a written certification of honorable withdrawal or resignation, as from membership.
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Origin of demit1

1520–30; < Middle French demettre, Old French demetre < Latin dēmittere to demit2 (but also with some senses of Latin dīmittere send away, dismiss, equivalent to dī- di-2 + mittere to send)


verb (used with object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.
  1. to put in or send to a lower place.
  2. Obsolete. to lower in status, rank, or esteem; humble.
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Origin of demit2

1550–60; < Latin dēmittere to let fall, send down, equivalent to dē- de- + mittere to send
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verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted Scot
  1. to resign (an office, position, etc)
  2. (tr) to dismiss
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin dīmittere to send forth, discharge, renounce, from di- ² + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for demit


1610s (figurative), 1640s (literal), from Latin demittere "to send down," from de- + mittere "to send" (see mission).

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