re·mit • v. / riˈmit/ (-mit·ted , -mit·ting ) [tr.] 1. cancel or refrain from exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment): the excess of the sentence over 12 months was remitted. ∎ Theol. pardon (a sin). 2. send (money) in payment or as a gift: the income they remitted to their families. 3. refer (a matter for decision) to some authority: the request for an investigation was remitted to a special committee. ∎ Law send back (a case) to a lower court. ∎ Law send (someone) from one tribunal to another for a trial or hearing. ∎ archaic consign again to a previous state: thus his indiscretion remitted him to the nature of an ordinary person. 4. rare postpone: the movers refused Mr. Tierney's request to remit the motion. ∎ [intr.] archaic diminish: phobias may remit spontaneously without any treatment. • n. / riˈmit; ˈrēˌmit/ 1. 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. 2. an item referred to someone for consideration. DERIVATIVES: re·mit·ta·ble adj. re·mit·tal / -ˈmitl/ n. re·mit·ter n. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Latin remittere ‘send back, restore,’ from re- ‘back’ + mittere ‘send.’ The noun dates from the early 20th cent.
A. forgive (sin); abstain from exacting (a penalty) XIV.
B. give up, desist from XIV.
C. refer for consideration, etc. XIV; put back, XVI; put off XVII; transmit;
D. intr. abate XVII. — L. remittere send back, slacken, relax, postpone. f. RE- + mittere put, send.
Hence remittance XVIII. So remission forgiveness XIII; remitting (of debt, etc.) XIV; diminution of force XVII. — (O)F. — L.