1 [v. per-mit; n. pur-mit, per-mit]
verb (used with object), permitted, permitting.
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), permitted, permitting.
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.

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.

permittedly, adverb
permittee [pur-mi-tee] , noun
permitter, noun
nonpermitted, adjective
unpermitted, adjective
unpermitting, adjective

1. See allow. 8. franchise.

1. refuse. Unabridged


2 [pur-mit]
a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.

1880–85, Americanism; apparently by folk etymology < Spanish palometa palometa Unabridged
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vb (when intr, often foll by of; when tr, often foll by an infinitive) , -mits, -mitting, -mitted
1.  (tr) to grant permission to do something: you are permitted to smoke
2.  (tr) to consent to or tolerate: she will not permit him to come
3.  to allow the possibility (of): the passage permits of two interpretations; his work permits him to relax nowadays
4.  an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
5.  permission, esp written permission
[C15: from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere to send]

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Word Origin & History

1489, from M.Fr. permetre, from L. permittere "give up, allow, allow to pass through," from per- "through" + mittere "let go, send." The noun is first recorded 1714.
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Example sentences
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.
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