See also: débit


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Borrowed from Middle French debet, from Latin debitum (what is owed, a debt), neuter of debitus, past participle of debere (to owe); Doublet of debt.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛb.ɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛbɪt


debit (countable and uncountable, plural debits)

  1. In bookkeeping, an entry in the left hand column of an account.
    A cash sale is recorded as debit on the cash account and as credit on the sales account.
  2. A sum of money taken out of a bank account. Thus called, because in bank's bookkeeping a cash withdrawal diminishes the amount of money held on the account, i.e. bank's debt to the customer.

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debit (third-person singular simple present debits, present participle debiting, simple past and past participle debited)

  1. To make an entry on the debit side of an account.
  2. To record a receivable in the bookkeeping.
    We shall debit your account for the amount of the purchase.
    We shall debit the amount of your purchase to your account.


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debit (not comparable)

  1. of or relating to process of taking money from an account
  2. of or relating to the debit card function of a debit card rather than its often available credit card function (Can we add an example for this sense?)


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