verb (used with object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.
- 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), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.
- 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.
verb (pəˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting or -mitted
- (tr) to grant permission to do somethingyou are permitted to smoke
- (tr) to consent to or tolerateshe 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
- an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
- permission, esp written permission
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.).