Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To fail to include or mention; leave out.
  • transitive verb To fail or neglect to do (something).
  • transitive verb To fail or neglect (to do something).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fail to use or to do; neglect; disregard: as, to omit a duty; to omit to lock the door.
  • To fail, forbear, or neglect to mention or speak of; leave out; say nothing of.
  • To leave out; forbear or fail to insert or include: as, to omit an item from a list.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To let go; to leave unmentioned; not to insert or name; to drop.
  • transitive verb To forbear or fail to perform or to make use of; to leave undone; to neglect; to pass over.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To leave out or exclude.
  • verb transitive To fail to perform.
  • verb transitive, rare To neglect or take no notice of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb prevent from being included or considered or accepted
  • verb leave undone or leave out

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English omitten, from Latin omittere : ob-, against, away; see ob– + mittere, to send.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

(at least by 1422) Enters Late Middle English, from Latin omittere which means literally “to let go”, from ob- + mittere (“to send”), but also had the connotations to ‘fail to perform’ and ‘to neglect’.

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