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permit1

[v. per-mit; n. pur-mit, per-mit] /v. pərˈmɪt; n. ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), permitted, permitting.
1.
to allow to do something:
Permit me to explain.
2.
to allow to be done or occur:
The law does not permit the sale of such drugs.
3.
to tolerate; agree to:
a law permitting Roman Catholicism in England.
4.
to afford opportunity for, or admit of:
vents to permit the escape of gases.
verb (used without object), permitted, permitting.
5.
to grant permission; allow liberty to do something.
6.
to afford opportunity or possibility:
Write when time permits.
7.
to allow or admit (usually followed by of):
statements that permit of no denial.
noun
8.
an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license:
a fishing permit.
9.
a written order granting special permission to do something.
10.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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 forms
permittedly, adverb
permittee
[pur-mi-tee] /ˌpɜr mɪˈti/ (Show IPA),
noun
permitter, noun
nonpermitted, adjective
unpermitted, adjective
unpermitting, adjective
Synonyms
1. See allow. 8. franchise.
Antonyms
1. refuse.

permit2

[pur-mit] /ˈpɜr mɪt/
noun
1.
a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.
Origin
1880-85, Americanism; apparently by folk etymology < Spanish palometa palometa
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Examples for permit
  • Imagine: a permit to remove something that is not there has no charge.
  • The parking auction plan allows the market to decide the price of a permit.
  • Previously, even law-abiding citizens had to show a compelling need to get such a permit.
  • He found a rope in his cell that was half as long enough to permit him to reach the ground safely.
  • However, state legislators this year will consider a bill to permit the collection of water for irrigation.
  • The law requires a permit to remove any tree above a certain size.
  • The provision could permit military prosecutors to avoid airing the details of brutal interrogation techniques.
  • The gun has to stay locked in the car, and its owner must have a concealed-weapons permit.
  • To astronomers good seeing means the air will permit a sharp and stable image of celestial objects.
  • For overnight backpacking, you first get a free permit from any park visitor center.
British Dictionary definitions for permit

permit

verb (pəˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
1.
(transitive) to grant permission to do something you are permitted to smoke
2.
(transitive) to consent to or tolerate she will not permit him to come
3.
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)
4.
an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
5.
permission, esp written permission
Derived Forms
permitter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for permit
v.

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.

n.

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

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