[verb per-mit; noun pur-mit, per-mit]

verb (used with object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.

verb (used without object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.


Origin of permit

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin permittere to let go through, give leave, equivalent to per- per- + mittere to let or make (someone) go. See admit, commit, etc.
Related formsper·mit·ted·ly, adverbper·mit·tee [pur-mi-tee] /ˌpɜr mɪˈti/, nounper·mit·ter, nounnon·per·mit·ted, adjectiveun·per·mit·ted, adjectiveun·per·mit·ting, adjective

Synonyms for permit

Synonym study

1. See allow.

Antonyms for permit

1. refuse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-permitted


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

noun (ˈpɜːmɪt)

an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
permission, esp written permission
Derived Formspermitter, noun

Word Origin for permit

C15: from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for non-permitted



late 15c., from Middle French permetre and directly from Latin permittere "let pass, let go, let loose; give up, hand over; let, allow, grant, permit," from per- "through" (see per) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Related: Permitted; permitting.



"written statement of permission or license," 1714, from permit (v.).

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