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[v. per-mit; n. pur-mit, per-mit] /v. pərˈmɪt; n. ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt/
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.
Origin of permit1
late Middle English
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
[pur-mi-tee] /ˌpɜr mɪˈti/ (Show IPA),
permitter, noun
nonpermitted, adjective
unpermitted, adjective
unpermitting, adjective
1. See allow. 8. franchise.
1. refuse. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for permitting
  • The problem is not peer evaluation, it is permitting those evaluations to impact grades.
  • He and his crew are loading supplies for the seal hunt, set to begin in a couple of days, ice permitting.
  • But he said an improved permitting process is needed, as well as federal policies more supportive of renewable energy.
  • We should find a way to protect artists while permitting this sharing to survive.
  • He skirts the fact that each windmill actually uses only a small proportion of that land, permitting multiple use around it.
  • The permitting process has already been streamlined.
  • Replacing old dams or building new dams is nearly impossible because of environmental permitting regulations.
  • More permitting approvals remain in the months and years ahead making it slow going and costly.
  • Hopefully your national leaders will see the value in permitting citizens to legal terminate their life when they wish to do so.
  • He will paste this list into discussion boards, space permitting.
British Dictionary definitions for permitting


verb (pəˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
(transitive) to grant permission to do something: you are permitted to smoke
(transitive) to consent to or tolerate: she 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
noun (ˈpɜːmɪt)
an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
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 permitting



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.


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

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