Word of the Day: Monday March 12, 2012: remit

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remit \ri-MIT\ , verb:

1. To slacken or relax.

2. To transmit money, a check, etc., as in payment.

3. To abate for a time or at intervals, as a fever.

4. To refrain from exacting, as a payment or service.

5. To pardon or forgive a sin, offense, etc.

It matters not that we remit our attention, at times, to the pain or the pleasure; these are always in the background; and the strength of the appetite is their strength.
-- Alexander Bain, Practical Essays

If I were satisfied that you were not intending to make an exhibition of yourself I might be prepared to remit the fines.
-- Henry Cecil, Independent Witness

Remit is derived from the Latin roots re- meaning "back" and mit meaning "send," so it literally meant "to send back."

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