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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.
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 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for permitting
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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