- 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.
transitive verbpermitted, permitting
- 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 of permitLate Middle English permitten ; from Classical Latin permittere ; from per, through + 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
Origin of permitaltered (infl. by permit) ; from Spanish palometa, origin, originally diminutive of paloma, dove: see palomino
verbper·mit·ted, per·mit·ting, per·mits
- 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.
Origin of permitMiddle English permitten, from Latin permittere : per-, through; see per– + mittere, to let go.
Origin of permitAlteration of Spanish palometa, a species of pompano (Trachinotus ovatus), any of several other species of fish, probably ultimately from Doric Greek *pālamus, pālamud-, variant of Greek pēlamus, pēlamud-, young tuna, tuna in its first year, of unknown origin.
(third-person singular simple present permits, present participle permitting, simple past and past participle permitted)
- (now archaic, rare) To hand over, resign (something to someone). [from 15th c.]
- To allow (something) to happen, to give permission for. [from 15th c.]
- To allow (someone) to do something; to give permission to. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To allow for, to make something possible. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To allow, to admit (of). [from 18th c.]
- (pronounced like noun) To grant formal authorization for (something).
- The Building Department permitted that project last week.
- (pronounced like noun) To attempt to obtain or succeed in obtaining formal authorization for (something).
- We've been busy permitting the State Street development.
- This is a catenative verb that in the active form takes the gerund (-ing), but in passive takes the to infinitive.
- A pompano of the species Trachinotus falcatus.
An irregular borrowing from Spanish palometa, probably from a Doric variant of Ancient Greek πηλαμύς (pilamus, “young tuna”).