verb (used with object), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.

  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), per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting.

  1. to grant permission; allow liberty to do something.
  2. to afford opportunity or possibility: Write when time permits.
  3. to allow or admit (usually followed by of): statements that permit of no denial.


  1. an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license: a fishing permit.
  2. a written order granting special permission to do something.
  3. permission.

verb (pəˈmɪt) -mits, -mitting or -mitted

  1. (tr) to grant permission to do somethingyou are permitted to smoke
  2. (tr) to consent to or tolerateshe 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)

  1. an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
  2. 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.).

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