Definition of remit in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Cancel or refrain from exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment)

    ‘the excess of the sentence over 12 months was remitted’
    • ‘Still, the harvest was down on the year before, and the miller was obviously in some difficulties, because he was remitted almost half his rent ‘by the kindness of the bishop’.’
    • ‘Government and other institutions that owe billions of Kwacha in unpaid rate charges should work out programmes to remit the outstanding monies.’
    • ‘As you will be aware, the punishment has already been remitted.’
    • ‘He thinks that hell isn't that bad, and if God isn't angered, he might remit the punishment of the fallen angels anyway.’
    • ‘The government must reconsider its position and put into place a system for remitting student debts for all those who enter the public sector.’
    • ‘Where he, by deception, induces P. to remit his debt, he commits the offence under Section 2(a).’
    • ‘This would be a radical departure from the current system where relatively long-term loans are made to developing countries, with the IMF remitting funds only as a long list of conditions are satisfied.’
    cancel, set aside, revoke, repeal, rescind, abrogate, suspend
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    1. 1.1Theology Pardon (a sin).
      pardon, forgive
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  • 2Send (money) in payment or as a gift.

    ‘the income they remitted to their families’
    • ‘People in large numbers went abroad for work and remitted their earnings.’
    • ‘The Federation remits money to the university to pay for the alcohol and maintenance.’
    • ‘With the growth of online banking, companies were remitting salaries online and customers were making payments without having to physically step into a bank.’
    • ‘The payer must deduct standard rate income tax and remit it to the Revenue.’
    • ‘Demands for payment were made and a partial payment was remitted.’
    • ‘Money is also remitted to families from relatives in New Zealand.’
    • ‘The total sum was eventually remitted to companies controlled by Ward in the United States.’
    • ‘Mexicans working in the US remit an astounding $8 billion a year to Mexico, a figure nearly equal to total annual foreign investment in the country.’
    • ‘Any rent received from the property is fully taxable in Ireland, even if you do not remit the rent to Ireland.’
    • ‘He also called on the media to assist in sensitisation programmes especially on ensuring that correct taxes were remitted and consumers received proof of purchase from sellers.’
    • ‘You can invest in anything, you don't need government approvals, you can remit your profits out, and there are no equity restrictions.’
    • ‘After remitting the sale proceeds - minus 40 per cent commission - to the bookstall owner, he winds up the show.’
    • ‘Currently, the tax code encourages firms to retain earnings and remit income to shareholders through share repurchases.’
    • ‘If you plan to attend, please indicate this on the Congress registration form and remit the appropriate fee.’
    • ‘There is, however, no doubt that mistakes can occur where money is remitted by means of a money-transfer order.’
    • ‘If you grant me this appeal, then my friend from overseas is going to remit me some money and then I will be able to engage a barrister.’
    • ‘Until 1999, we remitted no sums by way of hire for the 3 ships.’
    • ‘In 1981, out-of-nation Pakistanis remitted $2 billion, which equaled thirty percent of the value of the nation's imports.’
    • ‘Please remit the relevant amount to the office at your earliest convenience.’
    • ‘He is just trying to get back at me for not remitting him the money he wanted for organizing some bloody graduation parties!’
    send, dispatch, forward, transmit, convey
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  • 3Refer (a matter for decision) to some authority.

    ‘the request for an investigation was remitted to a special committee’
    • ‘It remits that appeal for ‘determination by him’.’
    • ‘The jurisdiction of the arbitrator can only be protected if the award is also remitted to his reconsideration.’
    • ‘The relief sought is quashing of the Inspector's decision, and remitting the matter to the Secretary of State.’
    • ‘They are seeking legal costs and an order remitting the issue of their promotion to the PSC for reconsideration within 14 days.’
    • ‘It is for him to decide, if I remit the matter to him, that particular issue.’
    • ‘The appropriate course for me to take is to remit the matter to the disciplinary committee.’
    • ‘They continued the hearing after having remitted back the critical issues to his Honour.’
    pass, pass on, refer, send on, transfer, hand on, direct, assign, commit, entrust
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    1. 3.1Law Send back (a case) to a lower court.
      • ‘These matters are remitted to the Ontario Court of Justice for the imposition of a sentence warranted in law.’
      • ‘The amendments were made, then the case was remitted in that form.’
      • ‘For that reason we submit that the appropriate course is to remit the matter to the Court of Appeal.’
      • ‘I presume at some stage the question will arise whether, if the Full Court's approach was flawed, this Court should do more than set aside its order and remit the matter to it?’
      • ‘So you say if we took this matter on, allowed the appeal and remitted the matter to the Court of Appeal to seek a recalculation, it would not necessarily involve any amount of money at all?’
    2. 3.2Law Send (someone) from one tribunal to another for a trial or hearing.
    3. 3.3archaic Postpone.
      ‘the movers refused Mr. Tierney's request to remit the motion’
      postpone, defer, put off, put back, shelve, delay, hold off, hold over, stand over, suspend, prorogue, reschedule, keep in abeyance
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    4. 3.4archaic Consign again to a previous state.
      ‘thus his indiscretion remitted him to the nature of an ordinary person’
  • 4archaic no object Diminish.

    ‘phobias may remit spontaneously without any treatment’
    • ‘It has been suggested that few marital problems remit spontaneously.’
    diminish, lessen, decrease, ease, ease up, abate, moderate, dwindle, wane, ebb, subside
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  • 1British The task or area of activity officially assigned to an individual or organization.

    ‘the committee was becoming caught up in issues that did not fall within its remit’
    • ‘Some doctors seek to widen their professional remit to cover the entire range of human experience.’
    • ‘He has a broader remit and has already started conducting his own inquiry.’
    • ‘What spheres of activity might fall within the remit of an international liaison, given this context?’
    • ‘Why is this relevant to a discussion of the commission's remit?’
    • ‘Singular wine shops responded by extending their remit to beer and spirits.’
    • ‘The legislation extends the commission's remit to deal with demand side management and energy efficiency.’
    • ‘In addition, it reviewed one appeal against the decision by the Head of Programme Complaints that a complaint did not fall within the remit of the Programme Complaints Unit, which was not upheld.’
    • ‘Covert video surveillance was research; it has been published as research and therefore did fall within the remit of the inquiry.’
    • ‘They were also routinely involved with much that would later fall within the remit of secular government, through their concern with such issues as the laws of marriage, the administration of wills, and perjury.’
    • ‘Since then, it has expanded far beyond its original remit.’
    • ‘But whether it fulfils this remit is another matter.’
    • ‘The board will expand its remit to cover public liability and motor accidents later this year.’
    • ‘The government extended its remit as part of crime prevention across the aviation industry.’
    • ‘The issue for her critics is the extent to which her populist approach has compromised the channel's public-service remit.’
    • ‘But the Governors also recognised their responsibility for ensuring that BBC Radio continued to meet its public service remit.’
    • ‘Under its remit, the Task Force is expected to carry out a full review of academic employment in the University.’
    • ‘The station's public-service remit should guarantee that such a critical aspect of Irish life gets intelligent coverage.’
    • ‘Of course the judiciary protest too much as they extend their remit.’
    • ‘For the tribunal to be able to fulfil its remit, there were many legal difficulties to overcome.’
    • ‘I have frequently said that Lord Hutton's remit was too narrow.’
    area of responsibility, area of activity, sphere, orbit, scope, ambit, province, territory, realm, department, turf
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  • 2An item referred to someone for consideration.


Late Middle English: from Latin remittere ‘send back, restore’, from re- ‘back’ + mittere ‘send’. The noun dates from the early 20th century.