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[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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  • And any one who permits himself this incongruity is likely to be betrayed into actual blunders.
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  • Han permits few illusions about his willingness to stay on the safe side of lines he can see.
  • Facial signatures could also be embedded in credit cards or entry permits.
  • Computers that run on chips made from tiny magnets may be as energy-efficient as physics permits.
  • Nothing can happen without complex permits and licenses.
  • Without the use of a microscope or any other magnifying devices, the laser itself permits the tremendous leap in scale.
  • Rather, it permits infinite redundancy and encourages maximum confusion.
  • The guy cancels the pipeline and for years does not give out offshore drilling permits.
British Dictionary definitions for permits

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 permits

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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