- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for permit on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for permitting
Some border points are closed and they are not permitting all refugees to enter.Remembering Kobani Before The Siege
Mustafa Abdi, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
November 8, 2014
The council voted in favor of permitting up to 182 shops that existed before 2008 to stay open if they conform to stricter rules.What Will Los Angeles’ Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Mean?
July 26, 2012
But the Penn State board should not be permitting them just yet.Penn State Should Cancel the Rest of Its Football Season
November 12, 2011
The permitting process has also been beefed up, along with a drilling safety rule the Obama administration introduced in October.Michael Bromwich on Preventing the Next Spill
April 20, 2011
Better still, they can do it for one-fifth the cost and avoid the nightmarish process of nuclear licensing and permitting.America's Nuclear Dead End
March 14, 2011
The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who has nothing to get all that he can.The Devil's Dictionary
He obeyed his instincts, permitting the will of his organism to lead him.Therese Raquin
"I am afraid I made a mistake in permitting the conference," he said.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
The Doctor frowned at the servant for permitting the interruption.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Garrison was up on a mount he had been accused of permitting to win last year.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- (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 permitting
"written statement of permission or license," 1714, from permit (v.).