- Permit is defined as an official document that allows you to do or have something.
- An example of a permit is a gun license.
- An example of a permit is a city-issued allowance for a parade.
- An example of a permit is the ticket that says you paid for parking.
- The definition of permit is to allow something.
- An example of to permit is to be let into a secure area after a guard checkpoint.
- An example of to permit is for a parent to allow their child to attend a party.
An application for a weapons permit.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to allow; consent to; tolerate: smoking is not permitted here
- to give permission to; authorize: to permit the demonstrators to march in the street
- to give opportunity for: to permit light to enter
Origin: L Middle English permitten from Classical Latin permittere from per, through plush mittere, to send: see mission
- Now Rare permission, esp. in writing
- a document granting permission; license; warrant
- a printed postal indicia, stamped ticket, etc.: postal permit, parking permit
- permitter noun
Origin: altered (infl. by permit) from Spanish palometa, origin, originally diminutive of paloma, dove: see palomino
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verb per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting, per·mits verb, transitive
- To allow the doing of (something); consent to: permit the sale of alcoholic beverages.
- To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize: permitted him to explain.
- To afford opportunity or possibility for: weather that permits sailing.
- Permission, especially in written form.
- A document or certificate giving permission to do something; a license or warrant: a building permit.
Origin: Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere : per-, through; see per- + mittere, to let go.
- perˌmit·teeˈ noun
- per·mitˈter noun