permit

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verb

per·​mit pər-ˈmit How to pronounce permit (audio)
permitted; permitting

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
permittee
pər-ˌmi(t)-ˈtē How to pronounce permit (audio)
ˌpər-mi(t)-
noun
permitter noun

permit

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noun (1)

per·​mit ˈpər-ˌmit How to pronounce permit (audio)
pər-ˈmit
1
: a written warrant or license granted by one having authority
a gun permit
2

permit

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noun (2)

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

Examples of permit in a Sentence

Verb The judge permitted the release of the prisoner. Smoking is not permitted in the building. When we arrived at customs we realized we had more than the permitted number of items. He permitted himself one more cookie. The new ramp permits easier access to the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Even some of the millions of people outside of the eclipse’s path of totality may be able to spot the disappearing clouds the day of — weather and geographic conditions permitting. Ayurella Horn-Muller, CNN, 30 Mar. 2024 That, the plaintiffs say, is an overreach not permitted by the Fourth Amendment. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Phase Three prohibits live contact but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Among the rule changes made by the NBA slowly over time: When the mascots are allowed to perform The type of aerial acts permitted during the game Hanging on the rim and similar stunts that could comprise the game’s integrity were banned. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 The burden of medical issues among children in the holding areas is difficult to measure, since volunteers are only permitted at the sites at the discretion of border agents, and a hodgepodge of aid groups does not keep a collective record of wounds treated or electrolytes dispensed. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Entertainment Weekly has learned that audience members are typically asked to put their phones away before the broadcast begins, and the audience member Goldberg called out was permitted to stay for the rest of the show, despite shooting a portion of the program. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2024 While any licensed doctor can prescribe methadone to treat pain, no doctor is permitted to write a methadone prescription to treat addiction, and patients like Smith can’t simply pick up their medication at a local pharmacy. Lev Facher, STAT, 26 Mar. 2024 The Veranda, for example, eliminates the need for a large aft bulkhead and others on the sides, which typically enclose a conventional salon, now permitting unbroken space instead. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2024
Noun
Recently, Mayor Todd Gloria announced the city issued permits for 9,691 units last year. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2024 The business has all permits and plans approved, according to Washington. Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 Any company applying for a permit will also need to provide proof of at least $5 million in car insurance for any autonomous vehicles testing on NYC highways, as well as a $3 million in personal liability insurance. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 28 Mar. 2024 The professor, who also directs a center of bridge engineering professionals, said there is typically an order of operations to bridge construction involving environmental impact analyses, permits, design, contracting, fabrication and construction. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Not just a transition fuel U.S. energy players, doubtless basking in the glory of making their country the world's leading LNG exporter, queued up to criticize U.S. President Joe Biden's recent pause on permits for new export terminals. Gaurav Sharma, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The agency also processes vehicle registrations and tags, as well as disability parking permits in Miami-Dade. Verónica Egui Brito, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 California startup Ebb Carbon could start using seawater to remove hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air as soon as this year, according to plans and permit applications filed with the city of Port Angeles in Washington state. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Mar. 2024 Mexico granted residency permits to 3,231 Russians last year, three times more than in 2021, according to government data. Lucinda Elliott and Miguel Lo Bianco, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere to let through, permit, from per- through + mittere to let go, send

Noun (2)

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of permit was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near permit

Cite this Entry

“Permit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/permit. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

permit

1 of 2 verb
per·​mit pər-ˈmit How to pronounce permit (audio)
permitted; permitting
1
: to consent to : give permission : allow
2
: to make possible : give an opportunity
if time permits
permitter noun

permit

2 of 2 noun
per·​mit ˈpər-ˌmit How to pronounce permit (audio)
pər-ˈmit
: a written statement of permission given by one having authority : license

Legal Definition

permit

noun
: a written warrant or license granted by one having authority
a building permit

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