v. re·mit·ted, re·mit·ting, re·mits
1. To transmit (money) in payment.
a. To refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example); cancel.
b. To pardon; forgive: remitted their sins.
3. To restore to a former condition or position.
a. To refer (a case) to another court for further consideration or action.
b. To refer (a matter) to a committee or authority for decision.
5. To allow to slacken: The storm remitted its fury.
1. To transmit money.
2. To diminish; abate: The symptoms of the disease remitted.
n. (rĭ-mĭt, rēmĭt)
1. A matter remitted for further consideration.
2. Chiefly British An area of responsibility; scope.
[Middle English remitten, to send back, from Latin remittere : re-, re- + mittere, to send.]
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