from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To relinquish (an office or function).
- transitive v. Archaic To dismiss.
- intransitive v. To give up an office or position; resign.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To let fall; to depress; to yield.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To let fall; to depress.
- transitive v. To yield or submit; to humble; to lower.
- transitive v. To lay down, as an office; to resign.
- intransitive v. To lay down or relinquish an office, membership, authority, or the like; to resign, as from a Masonic lodge; -- generally used with an implication that the act is voluntary.
- n. The act of demitting; also, a letter, certificate, or the like, certifying that a person has (honorably) demitted, as from a Masonic lodge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lower; cause to droop or hang down; depress.
- To submit; humble.
- To let go; dismiss.
- To lay down formally, as an office; resign; relinquish; transfer.
- n. An act of demission or transfer of membership, as from one masonic lodge to another; also, the letter which officially certifies to such a transfer.
Middle English dimitten, to release, from Old French demettre, from Latin dīmittere : dis-, away; see dis- + mittere, to send.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēmittō ("send or bring down, let fall"). (Wiktionary)