- the recording or an entry of debt in an account.
- 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).
- an undesirable or disadvantageous feature.
- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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)
- 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
C15: from Latin dēbitum debt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper