[ deb-it ]
/ ˈdɛb ɪt /
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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.
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.
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Origin of debit
1400–50; late Middle English <Old French <Latin dēbitum something owed; see debt
OTHER WORDS FROM debitpre·deb·it, noun, verb (used with object)re·deb·it, verb (used with object)un·deb·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for debit
/ (ˈdɛbɪt) accounting /
- 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
C15: from Latin dēbitum debt
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