[ dih-mit ]
/ dɪˈmɪt /

verb (used with object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.

to resign (a job, public office, etc.); relinquish.
Archaic. to dismiss; fire.

verb (used without object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.

to resign.


Also dimit. (especially in Freemasonry) a written certification of honorable withdrawal or resignation, as from membership.

Nearby words

  1. demise,
  2. demisemiquaver,
  3. demission,
  4. demist,
  5. demister,
  6. demitasse,
  7. demiurge,
  8. demiveg,
  9. demivierge,
  10. demivolt

Origin of demit

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)


[ dih-mit ]
/ dɪˈmɪt /

verb (used with object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.

to put in or send to a lower place.
Obsolete. to lower in status, rank, or esteem; humble.

Origin of demit

1550–60; < Latin dēmittere to let fall, send down, equivalent to dē- de- + mittere to send Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for demitted

  • Whereupon he demitted his charge, and came to dwell with his son at Liberton.

  • Malignants being again brought into places of power and trust, he demitted his office.

  • It makes fresh use of its demitted envelope, and turns it into a bark.

    The Insect|Jules Michelet

British Dictionary definitions for demitted


/ (dɪˈmɪt) /

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted Scot

to resign (an office, position, etc)
(tr) to dismiss

Word Origin for demit

C16: from Latin dīmittere to send forth, discharge, renounce, from di- ² + mittere to send

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Word Origin and History for demitted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper