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[verb, noun ri-mit; noun ree-mit]
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verb (used with object), re·mit·ted, re·mit·ting.
  1. to transmit or send (money, a check, etc.) to a person or place, usually in payment.
  2. to refrain from inflicting or enforcing, as a punishment, sentence, etc.
  3. to refrain from exacting, as a payment or service.
  4. to pardon or forgive (a sin, offense, etc.).
  5. to slacken; abate; relax: to remit watchfulness.
  6. to give back: to remit an overpayment.
  7. Law. to send back (a case) to an inferior court for further action.
  8. to put back into a previous position or condition.
  9. to put off; postpone; defer.
  10. Obsolete. to set free; release.
  11. Obsolete. to send back to prison or custody.
  12. Obsolete. to give up; surrender.
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verb (used without object), re·mit·ted, re·mit·ting.
  1. to transmit money, a check, etc., as in payment.
  2. to abate for a time or at intervals, as a fever.
  3. to slacken; abate.
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  1. Law. a transfer of the record of an action from one tribunal to another, particularly from an appellate court to the court of original jurisdiction.
  2. something remitted, as for further deliberation or action.
  3. the act of remitting.
  4. Chiefly British. the area of authority of a person or group.
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Origin of remit

1325–75; Middle English remitten < Latin remittere to send back, let go back, concede, allow, equivalent to re- re- + mittere to send
Related formsre·mit·ta·ble, adjectivenon·re·mit·ta·ble, adjectivenon·re·mit·ta·bly, adverbpre·re·mit, verb (used with object), pre·re·mit·ted, pre·re·mit·ting.un·re·mit·ta·ble, adjective

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Antonyms for remit

1. retain. 4. condemn. 5. increase.
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Related Words for remit

defer, square, pay, route, dispatch, consign, forward, settle, address, transmit, mail, post, ship, suspend, pardon, wane, dwindle, reduce, soften, decrease

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verb (rɪˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting or -mitted (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to send (money, payment, etc), as for goods or service, esp by post
  2. law (esp of an appeal court) to send back (a case or proceeding) to an inferior court for further consideration or action
  3. to cancel or refrain from exacting (a penalty or punishment)
  4. (also intr) to relax (pace, intensity, etc) or (of pace or the like) to slacken or abate
  5. to postpone; defer
  6. archaic to pardon or forgive (crime, sins, etc)
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noun (ˈriːmɪt, rɪˈmɪt)
  1. the area of authority or responsibility of an individual or a groupby taking that action, the committee has exceeded its remit
  2. law the transfer of a case from one court or jurisdiction to another, esp from an appeal court to an inferior tribunal
  3. the act of remitting
  4. something remitted
  5. NZ a proposal from a branch of an organization put forward for discussion at the annual general meeting
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Derived Formsremittable, adjective

Word Origin for remit

C14: from Latin remittere to send back, release, re- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for remit


late 14c., "to forgive, pardon," from Latin remittere "send back, slacken, let go back, abate," from re- "back" (see re-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Meaning "allow to remain unpaid" is from mid-15c. Meaning "send money (to someone)" first recorded 1630s. Related: Remitted; remitting.

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remit in Medicine


  1. To diminish; abate.
  2. To transmit money.
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