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

  • intransitive verb To transmit (money) in payment.
  • intransitive verb To refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example); cancel.
  • intransitive verb To pardon; forgive.
  • intransitive verb To restore to a former condition or position.
  • intransitive verb To refer (a case) to another court for further consideration or action.
  • intransitive verb To refer (a matter) to a committee or authority for decision.
  • intransitive verb To allow to slacken.
  • intransitive verb To transmit money.
  • intransitive verb To diminish; abate.
  • noun A matter remitted for further consideration.
  • noun Chiefly British An area of responsibility; scope.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Scots law, a remission; a sending back.
  • noun A formal communication from a body having higher jurisdiction, to one subordinate to it.
  • To send back.
  • To transmit or send, as money, bills, or other things in payment for goods received.
  • To restore; replace.
  • To transfer.
  • In law, to transfer (a cause) from one tribunal or judge to another, particularly from an appellate court to the court of original jurisdiction. See remit, n.
  • To refer.
  • To give or deliver up; surrender; resign.
  • To slacken; relax the tension of; hence, figuratively, to diminish in intensity; make less intense or violent; abate.
  • To refrain from exacting; give up, in whole or in part: as, to remit punishment.
  • To pardon; forgive.
  • To omit; cease doing.
  • Synonyms To forward.
  • To release, relinquish.
  • To slacken; become less intense or rigorous.
  • To abate by growing less earnest, eager, or active.
  • In medicine, to abate in violence for a time without intermission: as, a fever remits at a certain hour every day.
  • In com., to transmit money, etc.

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

  • intransitive verb To abate in force or in violence; to grow less intense; to become moderated; to abate; to relax
  • intransitive verb To send money, as in payment.
  • transitive verb To send back; to give up; to surrender; to resign.
  • transitive verb obsolete To restore.
  • transitive verb (Com.) To transmit or send, esp. to a distance, as money in payment of a demand, account, draft, etc..
  • transitive verb To send off or away; hence: (a) To refer or direct (one) for information, guidance, help, etc. “Remitting them … to the works of Galen.” Sir T. Elyot. (b) To submit, refer, or leave (something) for judgment or decision.
  • transitive verb To relax in intensity; to make less violent; to abate.
  • transitive verb To forgive; to pardon; to remove.
  • transitive verb To refrain from exacting or enforcing.

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

  • verb To forgive, pardon.
  • verb To give up, stop succumbing to (a negative emotion etc.).
  • verb To allow (something) to slacken, to relax (one's attention etc.).
  • verb obsolete To show a lessening or abatement (of) a specified quality.
  • verb obsolete To diminish, abate.
  • verb To refer (something) for deliberation, judgment, etc. (to a particular body or person).
  • verb To postpone.
  • verb To transmit or send, as money in payment.
  • noun chiefly UK terms of reference; set of responsibilities.


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

[Middle English remitten, to send back, from Latin remittere : re-, re- + mittere, to send.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin remittere ("to send, send back").


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