1. An item of debt as recorded in an account.
2. The left-hand side of an account or accounting ledger where bookkeeping entries are made.
3. An entry of a sum in the left-hand side of an account.
4. The sum of such entries.
tr.v. deb·it·ed, deb·it·ing, deb·its
1. To enter (a sum) on the left-hand side of an account or accounting ledger.
2. To charge with a debit: If you use an ATM, the bank will debit your account immediately.
[Middle English debite, from Latin dēbitum, debt; see DEBT.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.