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


Full Definition of PERMIT

transitive verb
:  to consent to expressly or formally <permit access to records>
:  to give leave :  authorize
:  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


noun per·mit \ˈpər-ˌmit, pər-ˈ\

Definition of PERMIT

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

First Known Use of PERMIT



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


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