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1permit

verb per·mit \pər-ˈmit\

: to allow (something) to happen : to give permission for (something)

: to allow (someone) to do or have something

: to make something possible

per·mit·tedper·mit·ting

Full Definition of PERMIT

transitive verb
1
:  to consent to expressly or formally <permit access to records>
2
:  to give leave :  authorize
3
:  to make possible <the design permits easy access>
intransitive verb
:  to give an opportunity :  allow <if time permits>
per·mit·tee \pər-ˌmi(t)-ˈtē, ˌpər-mi(t)-\ noun
per·mit·ter noun

Examples of PERMIT

  1. The judge permitted the release of the prisoner.
  2. Smoking is not permitted in the building.
  3. When we arrived at customs we realized we had more than the permitted number of items.
  4. He permitted himself one more cookie.
  5. The new ramp permits easier access to the highway.

Origin of PERMIT

Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere to let through, permit, from per- through + mittere to let go, send
First Known Use: 15th century

2permit

noun per·mit \ˈpər-ˌmit, pər-ˈ\

Definition of PERMIT

1
:  a written warrant or license granted by one having authority <a gun permit>
2

First Known Use of PERMIT

1682

3permit

noun per·mit \ˈpər-ˌmit, pər-ˈ\

Definition of PERMIT

:  either of two pompanos (Trachinotus falcatus and T. goodei) that are important game fishes of temperate to tropical waters of the western Atlantic

Origin of PERMIT

perhaps by folk etymology from Spanish palometa, a kind of pompano, from diminutive of paloma dove, from Latin palumba, palumbes — more at palomino
First Known Use: circa 1945

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl
PERMIT Defined for Kids

1permit

verb per·mit \pər-ˈmit\
per·mit·tedper·mit·ting

Definition of PERMIT for Kids

1
:  to allow to happen or do :  give permission
2
:  to make possible :  give an opportunity <We'll visit the museum if time permits.>

Word Root of PERMIT

The Latin word mittere, meaning to send, and its form missus give us the roots mit and miss. Words from the Latin mittere have something to do with sending. A missile is an object, such as a bullet, arrow, or rocket, that is sent through the air so as to hit a target. To emit is to send forth or give out. To omit, or leave out, is to send away so as to not be included. To permit, or allow, is to send something through without stopping it.

2permit

noun per·mit \ˈpər-ˌmit\

Definition of PERMIT for Kids

:  a statement of permission (as a license or pass) <You need a parking permit.>

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