[ verb per-mit; noun pur-mit, per-mit ]
/ verb pərˈmɪt; noun ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt /

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

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


Nearby words

  1. permission,
  2. permissive,
  3. permissively,
  4. permissivism,
  5. permissory,
  6. permittee,
  7. permittivity,
  8. permonosulfuric acid,
  9. permutate,
  10. permutation

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.

1. refuse.

Related forms

Synonym study

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

British Dictionary definitions for permitter


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 permitter
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