- to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
- to allow to be done or occur: The law does not permit the sale of such drugs.
- to tolerate; agree to: a law permitting Roman Catholicism in England.
- to afford opportunity for, or admit of: vents to permit the escape of gases.
- to grant permission; allow liberty to do something.
- to afford opportunity or possibility: Write when time permits.
- to allow or admit (usually followed by of): statements that permit of no denial.
- an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license: a fishing permit.
- a written order granting special permission to do something.
Origin of permit1
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- a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.
Origin of permit2
Examples from the Web for permit
“Please, please do not permit this to happen here in Florida,” wrote Cris K. Smith of East Polk County.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Before we get to all that, permit me a brief reflection on this matter of Steve Scalise.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
We are developing a strategy next year that will permit them to march in the street.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
Or perhaps EBT programs could permit the purchase of ethical items based on a sliding price scale.The Bioethicist Turned Butcher
September 28, 2014
The organizers of the protest, who did not have a permit for the sit-in, refused to leave and police began to arrest them in mass.Occupy Climate Change! Hundreds Blame Capitalism at Flood Wall Street Rally
September 22, 2014
May Heaven bless you, and permit us to meet again in another world, if not in this!Brave and Bold
We can not permit ourselves to be narrowed and dwarfed by slogans and phrases.
You permit your heart (little did I think it was such a froward one) to recoil.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
By the law of God it could not be so annulled as to permit of the re-marriage of the parties.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.
- (tr) to grant permission to do somethingyou are permitted to smoke
- (tr) to consent to or tolerateshe will not permit him to come
- (when intr, often foll by of; when tr, often foll by an infinitive) to allow the possibility (of)the passage permits of two interpretations; his work permits him to relax nowadays
- an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
- permission, esp written permission
Word Origin and History for permit
"written statement of permission or license," 1714, from permit (v.).