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
And any one who permits himself this incongruity is likely to be betrayed into
  actual blunders.
It permits scientists to get time-sensitive research out there much more
  quickly and so serves the community well.
Research, write, and publish if your field permits you to do so with the
  resources available.
Han permits few illusions about his willingness to stay on the safe side of
  lines he can see.
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