[ verb per-mit; noun pur-mit, per-mit ]
/ verb pərˈmɪt; noun ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt /
verb (used with object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.
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.
verb (used without object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.
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.
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Origin of permit1
synonym study for permit
1. See allow.
OTHER WORDS FROM permit
per·mit·ted·ly, adverbper·mit·tee [pur-mi-tee], /ˌpɜr mɪˈti/, nounper·mit·ter, nounnon·per·mit·ted, adjective
un·per·mit·ted, adjectiveun·per·mit·ting, adjective
Definition for permit (2 of 2)
[ pur-mit ]
/ ˈpɜr mɪt /
a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.
Origin of permit2
1880–85, Americanism; apparently by folk etymology <Spanish palometapalometa
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British Dictionary definitions for permit
verb (pəˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting or -mitted
(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
Derived forms of permitpermitter, noun
Word Origin for permit
C15: from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere to send
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