remit

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From Middle English remitten, from Old French remettre, remetre, remitter, from Latin remittere (to send, send back), present active infinitive of remittō.

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remit (third-person singular simple present remits, present participle remitting, simple past and past participle remitted)

  1. To forgive, pardon.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 307:
      So he said that there was no sin to remit in baptism: ‘sin is not born with a man, it is subsequently committed by the man; for it is shown to be a fault, not of nature, but of the human will’.
  2. To refrain from exacting or enforcing.
    to remit the performance of an obligation
    • Macaulay
      The sovereign was undoubtedly competent to remit penalties.
  3. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To give up; omit; cease doing.
  4. To allow (something) to slacken, to relax (one's attention etc.).
  5. (obsolete) To show a lessening or abatement (of) a specified quality.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p.132-3:
      Great Alexander in the midst of all his prosperity […], when he saw one of his wounds bleed, remembered that he was but a man, and remitted of his pride.
  6. (obsolete) To diminish, abate.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Book I, New York 2001, p. 139:
      Dotage, fatuity, or folly [] is for the most part intended or remitted in particular men, and thereupon some are wiser than others […].
  7. To refer (something) for deliberation, judgment, etc. (to a particular body or person).
    • Blackstone
      In the case the law remits him to his ancient and more certain right.
    • Hayward
      In grievous and inhuman crimes, offenders should be remitted to their prince.
    • Dryden
      The prisoner was remitted to the guard.
  8. (obsolete) To send back.
  9. (archaic) To give or deliver up; surrender; resign.
  10. To restore or replace.
    • Hayward
      The archbishop was [] remitted to his liberty.
  11. To postpone.
  12. To transmit or send, as money in payment.
    • 2003: The Hindu, World Cup sponsors can remit money in forex: SC read at [1] on 14 May 2006
      The Supreme Court today allowed major sponsors, including LG Electronics India (LGEI), to remit foreign exchange for the tournament.

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remit (plural remits)

  1. (chiefly UK) terms of reference; set of responsibilities; scope.
    • 2000: Scientific Working Group on Good Laboratory Practice issues, Handbook: Good Laboratory Practice read on World Health Organisation website at [2] on 14 May 2006:
      WHO/TDR should prepare a volume containing ... important issues in the performance of studies that fall outside of the GLP remit.
    • 2001: H. Meinardi et al, ILAE Commission, The treatment gap in epilepsy: the current situation and ways forward read at [3] on 14 May 2006:
      However, this is beyond the remit of this particular article.
    • 2003: Andy Macleod, Cisco Systems, Pulling it all together - the 21st Century Campus read at [[4]] on 14 May 2006:
      Next steps ... Create one IS organisation and extend remit to all HE activities.
    • 2012, The Economist, Sep 29th 2012 issue, Chile's economic statistics: For reacher - or poorer
      [...] Chile needs to gather together its statisticians into a single agency, such as a new and improved INE, and give it more autonomy and a broader remit.

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remit

  1. third-person singular past historic of remettre

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