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verb (permits, permitting, permitted)

Pronunciation: /pəˈmɪt
 
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[with object and infinitive]
1Officially allow (someone) to do something: the law permits councils to monitor any factory emitting smoke [with two objects]: he would not permit anybody access to the library
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  • The law also permits you to waive your right to notice or to accept a payment in lieu of notice if this is agreed with the company.
  • If that means the death penalty, if it means life imprisonment, we are going to do what the law permits us to do.
  • But the law was amended to permit us to file this once he's been charged with a crime.
Synonyms
allow, let, authorize, give someone permission/authorization/leave, sanction, grant, grant someone the right, license, empower, enable, entitle, qualify;
consent to, assent to, give one's consent/assent to, give one's blessing to, give someone/something the nod, acquiesce in, agree to, accede to, approve of, tolerate, countenance, suffer, brook, admit of;
informal give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, OK, give the OK to, give the green light to, say the word
1.1 [with object] Authorize or allow (something): the country is not ready to permit any rice imports
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  • House owners have permitted development rights which allow certain changes without planning permission.
  • Maintain multilevel security databases that safeguard sources and permit authorized access to unprocessed data.
  • In this case, the publisher may or may not grant a licence back to the author permitting some uses of the paper.
1.2 [with object] Provide an opportunity or scope for (something) to take place; make possible: the car park was too rutted and stony to permit ball games [no object]: weather permitting, guests can dine outside on the veranda cycle parking stands are being installed, where space permits, at most rail stations
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  • Improved security of the facility containing the matrix is provided by a feature permitting remote control over the facility door lock.
  • This evaluation permits the identification of possible common patterns underlying the crop production forecast errors.
  • Studies of men carrying out such duties should therefore provide information which would permit quantification of effects and lead to selection and training methods.
1.3 [no object] (permit of) formal Allow for; admit of: the camp permits of no really successful defence
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  • But do our actions permit of an end to the cycle of bloodshed?
  • Now, you have to go further, do you not, and say that that tape really only permitted of one conclusion.
  • In this case the absence of entries permits of the inference that nothing was charted because nothing was done.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈpəːmɪt
 
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An official document giving someone authorization to do something: he is only in Britain on a work permit
More example sentences
  • In the meantime only Customs and Excise permit holders are being permitted to use the first three floors.
  • She said the scheme was intended to reduce demand for parking and therefore help permit holders to park.
  • Most foreigners who have received new Bulgarian identification documents hold permanent residence permits.
Synonyms
authorization, licence, pass, voucher, ticket, warrant, document, certification;
passport, visa
rare triptyque, carnet, laissez-passer, firman

Origin

late Middle English (originally in the sense 'commit, hand over'): from Latin permittere, from per- 'through' + mittere 'send, let go'.

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  • This word was originally used in the sense ‘commit, hand over’: it is from Latin permittere, from per- ‘through’ and mittere ‘send, let go’. ‘Written order giving permission’ is recorded from the early 18th century. Permission and permissive are also late Middle English. Permissive society dates from the 1970s. Latin mittere is the base of a number of other Latin words found in English such as admit with ad ‘to’; submit from sub ‘under’; transmit from trans ‘across’. All are Late Middle English.

Phrases

permit me

1
dated Used for politeness before making a suggestion or expressing an intention: permit me to correct you
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  • If your Honours will permit me to question all or any of these earlier decisions, I will undertake to advance a sensible argument.
  • If you will permit me, even though I am a retired politician I would like to say just a word about domestic politics.
  • So, while it's still a bit early, permit me to be the first to wish this special astronaut a good journey.

Derivatives

permittee

1
Pronunciation: /pəːmɪˈtiː/
noun
Example sentences
  • Thus, permittees subject to section 403 must comply with ocean discharge criteria.
  • He has permits to run as many as 2700 AUMs (Animal Unit Months) and is one of the largest permittees on the San Juan National Forest.
  • George is fairly well known in the area among state, federal and local cops as well as concealed carry permittees.

permitter

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːmɪt
 
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noun

A deep-bodied fish of the jack family, found in warm waters of the western Atlantic and Caribbean and caught for food and sport.
  • Trachinotus falcatus, family Carangidae
Example sentences
  • He told me that there were snook and tarpon (as I already knew) and there were large bonefish and permit to fish for.
  • Blue crystal-clear waters teem with game fish such as bonefish, permit, and tarpon, which have grown accustomed to a rich diet of shrimp and crabs.

Origin

alteration of Spanish palometa 'little dove'.

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  • This word was originally used in the sense ‘commit, hand over’: it is from Latin permittere, from per- ‘through’ and mittere ‘send, let go’. ‘Written order giving permission’ is recorded from the early 18th century. Permission and permissive are also late Middle English. Permissive society dates from the 1970s. Latin mittere is the base of a number of other Latin words found in English such as admit with ad ‘to’; submit from sub ‘under’; transmit from trans ‘across’. All are Late Middle English.

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