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per·mit 1

v. per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting, per·mits
1. To allow the doing of (something); consent to: permit the sale of alcoholic beverages.
2. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize: permitted him to explain.
3. To afford opportunity or possibility for: weather that permits sailing.
To afford opportunity; allow: if circumstances permit.
n. (pûr′mĭt, pər-mĭt′)
A document or certificate giving permission to do something: a building permit.

[Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere : per-, through; see per- + mittere, to let go.]

per′mit·tee′ (pûr′mĭ-tē′) n.
per·mit′ter n.

per·mit 2

(pûr′mĭt, pər-mĭt′)
A carangid fish (Trachinotus falcatus) of the western Atlantic Ocean, having a laterally compressed silvery body and a deeply forked tail and valued as a food and game fish.

[Alteration 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.]
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vb, -mits, -mitting or -mitted
1. (tr) to grant permission to do something: you are permitted to smoke.
2. (tr) to consent to or tolerate: she will not permit him to come.
3. (when: intr, often foll by of; when tr, often foll by an infinitive) to allow the possibility (of): the passage permits of two interpretations; his work permits him to relax nowadays.
4. (Law) an official certificate or document granting authorization; licence
5. (Law) permission, esp written permission
[C15: from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere to send]
perˈmitter n
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(v. pərˈmɪt; n. ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt)

v. -mit•ted, -mit•ting,
n. v.t.
1. to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
2. to allow to be done or occur: laws permitting the sale of drugs.
3. to tolerate; consent to: a decree permitting religious worship.
4. to afford opportunity for, or admit of: vents to permit the escape of gases.
5. to grant permission; allow a person to do something.
6. to afford opportunity: when time permits.
7. an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license: a fishing permit.
8. a decree granting permission to do something.
[1425–75; < Latin permittere to let go through, relinquish, allow =per- per- + mittere to let go]
per`mit•tee′, n.
per•mit′ter, n.
syn: See allow.


(ˈpɜr mɪt)

a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.
[1880–85, Amer.; appar. by folk etym. < Sp palometa a species of pompano, diminutive of paloma dove < Latin palumbus]
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Allow, permit, and let are all used to say that someone is given permission to do something, or is not prevented from doing something. Permit is a formal word.

1. 'allow' and 'permit'

Allow and permit are followed by an object and a to-infinitive clause.

He allowed me to take the course.
They do not permit students to use calculators in exams.

You can say that people are not allowed to do something or are not permitted to do something.

Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in the museum.
Children are not permitted to use the swimming pool.

You can also say that something is not allowed or that it is not permitted.

Running was not allowed in the school.
Picnics are not permitted in the park.
2. 'let'

Let is followed by an object and an infinitive without to.

Let me go to the party on Saturday. I won't be late.

You don't usually use 'let' in the passive. Don't say, for example, 'She was let go to the party'.

3. 'enable'

Don't confuse any of these words with enable. To enable someone to do something means to give them the opportunity to do it. It does not mean to give them permission to do it.

Contraception enables women to plan their families.
The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.
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Past participle: permitted
Gerund: permitting

I permit
you permit
he/she/it permits
we permit
you permit
they permit
I permitted
you permitted
he/she/it permitted
we permitted
you permitted
they permitted
Present Continuous
I am permitting
you are permitting
he/she/it is permitting
we are permitting
you are permitting
they are permitting
Present Perfect
I have permitted
you have permitted
he/she/it has permitted
we have permitted
you have permitted
they have permitted
Past Continuous
I was permitting
you were permitting
he/she/it was permitting
we were permitting
you were permitting
they were permitting
Past Perfect
I had permitted
you had permitted
he/she/it had permitted
we had permitted
you had permitted
they had permitted
I will permit
you will permit
he/she/it will permit
we will permit
you will permit
they will permit
Future Perfect
I will have permitted
you will have permitted
he/she/it will have permitted
we will have permitted
you will have permitted
they will have permitted
Future Continuous
I will be permitting
you will be permitting
he/she/it will be permitting
we will be permitting
you will be permitting
they will be permitting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been permitting
you have been permitting
he/she/it has been permitting
we have been permitting
you have been permitting
they have been permitting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been permitting
you will have been permitting
he/she/it will have been permitting
we will have been permitting
you will have been permitting
they will have been permitting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been permitting
you had been permitting
he/she/it had been permitting
we had been permitting
you had been permitting
they had been permitting
I would permit
you would permit
he/she/it would permit
we would permit
you would permit
they would permit
Past Conditional
I would have permitted
you would have permitted
he/she/it would have permitted
we would have permitted
you would have permitted
they would have permitted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.permit - a legal document giving official permission to do somethingpermit - a legal document giving official permission to do something
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
building permit - a document authorizing the holder to construct a building of a particular kind on a particular lot
driver's licence, driver's license, driving licence, driving license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
fishing licence, fishing license, fishing permit - a license authorizing the bearer to fish during a specified period of time
game license, hunting licence, hunting license, hunting permit - a license authorizing the bearer to kill a certain type of animal during a specified period of time
learner's permit - a document authorizing the bearer to learn to drive an automobile
letter of mark and reprisal, letter of marque, letters of marque - a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation
liquor licence, liquor license - a license authorizing the holder to sell alcoholic beverages
marriage licence, marriage license, wedding licence, wedding license - a license authorizing two people to marry
occupation licence, occupation license - a license to pursue a particular occupation
liberty chit, pass - a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had to show his pass in order to get out"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.permit - the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
clearance - permission to proceed; "the plane was given clearance to land"
conge, congee - formal permission to depart; "he gave me his conge"
allowance - the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room"
dispensation - an exemption from some rule or obligation
toleration - official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
3.permit - large game fishpermit - large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies
pompano - any of several deep-bodied food fishes of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Verb1.permit - consent to, give permissionpermit - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
brook, endure, tolerate, stomach, abide, bear, digest, stick out, suffer, put up, stand, support - put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
furlough - grant a leave to; "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"
give - allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
consent, go for, accept - give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
permit, tolerate, allow - allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
authorize, authorise, clear, pass - grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
grant, allow - let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
let in, admit, include - allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"
privilege, favour, favor - bestow a privilege upon
trust - allow without fear
allow in, intromit, let in, admit - allow to enter; grant entry to; "We cannot admit non-members into our club building"; "This pipe admits air"
nix, prohibit, proscribe, disallow, forbid, interdict, veto - command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"
2.permit - make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; "This permits the water to rush in"; "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"; "This will permit the rain to run off"
pass - allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
3.permit - allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibitingpermit - allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
countenance, permit, allow, let - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
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1. allow, admit, grant, sanction, let, suffer, agree to, entitle, endure, license, endorse, warrant, tolerate, authorize, empower, consent to, give the green light to, give leave or permission I was permitted to bring my camera into the concert. The German constitution does not permit the sending of troops.
allow ban, prohibit, forbid, veto, black, bar, block, restrict, suppress, outlaw, banish, disallow, proscribe, debar, blackball, interdict, criminalize, prevent, exclude, disqualify, preclude, debar, declare ineligible
2. enable, let, allow, cause This method of cooking permits the heat to penetrate evenly.
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1. To neither forbid nor prevent:
2. To give one's consent to:
Informal: OK.
3. To afford an opportunity for:
4. To give the means, ability, or opportunity to do:
1. The approving of an action, especially when done by one in authority:
Informal: OK.
2. Proof of legal permission to do something:
Idiom: piece of paper.
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تَصْرِيحٌرُخْصَهيُتيحُ، يُمَكِّنُيُجيز، يَسْمَح
tilladelsegøre det muligttillade
gera kleiftleyfaleyfi, heimild
sudaryti galimybę
atļaujaatļautļautļaut, dot iespēju
dať súhlas
izin vermekolanak sağlamakruhsatizin belgesi
giấy phép


A. [ˈpɜːmɪt] N (= licence) → permiso m, licencia f; (= pass) → pase m; (= permission) → permiso m
do you have a permit to carry that gun?¿tienes permiso or licencia para llevar esa pistola?
building permitpermiso m de de obras
see also parking B
see also residence B, D
B. [pəˈmɪt] VTpermitir
I won't permit itno lo permitiré
is smoking permitted?¿se permite or está permitido fumar?, ¿se puede fumar?
"smoking is not permitted on the car deck"está prohibido fumar or no se permite fumar en la cubierta de automóviles
the law permits the sale of this substancela ley autoriza or permite la venta de esta sustancia
he permitted himself one cigar a dayse permitía (fumar) un cigarro al día
to permit sb to do sthpermitir a algn hacer algo, permitir que algn haga algo
permit me to give you some advice (frm) → permítame aconsejarle or que le aconseje
if I may be permitted to make a suggestion (frm) → si se me permite hacer una sugerencia, si me permite que haga una sugerencia
C. [pəˈmɪt] VI if time permitssi hay tiempo (suficiente)
weather permittingsi el tiempo lo permite
to permit of sth (frm) → admitir algo, dar posibilidad a algo
the crime permits of no defenceel crimen no admite defensa alguna, el crimen no da posibilidad a defensa alguna
D. [ˈpɜːmɪt] CPD permit holder Ntitular mf de un permiso
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npermis m
a fishing permit → un permis de pêche
a permit to do sth → un permis pour faire qch
You no longer need a permit to work in most European countries → Il n'y a plus besoin d'avoir un permis pour travailler dans la plupart des pays européens.
(= entrance pass) → permis m
[pərˈmɪt] vt (= allow) → permettre
She doesn't permit smoking in the house → Elle ne permet pas que l'on fume dans la maison.
to permit sb to do sth → permettre à qn de faire qch
Her mother will not permit her to sell the house → Sa mère ne lui permettra pas de vendre la maison.
His health doesn't permit him to travel → Sa santé ne lui permet pas de voyager.
permit me to ... (formal)permettez-moi de ...
Permit me to give you some advice → Permettez-moi de vous donner un conseil.
to be permitted to do sth (by authorities)être autorisé à faire qch
[pərˈmɪt pərˈmɪt] vi
weather permitting → si le temps le permet
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vt stherlauben, gestatten; to permit somebody/oneself to do somethingjdm/sich (dat)erlauben, etw zu tun; is it/am I permitted to smoke?darf man/ich rauchen?; visitors are not permitted after 10nach 10 Uhr sind keine Besucher mehr erlaubt; to permit oneself somethingsich (dat)etw erlauben; permit me!gestatten Sie bitte!
if you (will) permitwenn Sie gestatten or erlauben; if the weather permits, weather permittingwenn es das Wetter erlaubt or zulässt; if time permitswenn es die Zeit zulässt, wenn die Zeit reicht
(form) to permit of somethingetw zulassen
nGenehmigung f; permit holderInhaber(in) m(f)eines Berechtigungsscheins or (for parking) → Parkausweises; “permit holders only” (for parking) → Parken nur mit Parkausweis“
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[n ˈpɜːmɪt; vb pəˈmɪt]
1. n (gen) → autorizzazione f (scritta); (for specific activity) → permesso; (entrance pass) → lasciapassare m
fishing permit → licenza di pesca
building/export permit → permesso or licenza di costruzione/di esportazione
2. vtpermettere
to permit sb to do sth → permettere a qn di fare qc
to permit sth to take place → permettere che qc avvenga
3. vipermettere
to permit of (frm) → ammettere, consentire
weather permitting → tempo permettendo
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(pəˈmit) past tense, past participle perˈmitted verb
1. to agree to (another person's action); to allow or let (someone do something). Permit me to answer your question; Smoking is not permitted.
2. to make possible. My aunt's legacy permitted me to go to America.
(ˈpəːmit) noun
a written order allowing a person to do something. We have a permit to export our product.
permission (pəˈmiʃən) noun
a written, spoken etc agreement that someone may do something. She gave me permission to leave.
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تَصْرِيحٌ povolení tilladelse Erlaubnisschein άδεια permiso lupakirja permettre propusnica permesso 許可証 허가증 vergunning tillatelse pozwolenie autorização, licença пропуск tillstånd ใบอนุญาต izin vermek giấy phép 通行证
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n. permiso, consentimiento;
v. permitir, autorizar.
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References in classic literature ?
Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.
"As explicit as you were when you told me that you would not permit me to go to Guvutu?"
They paid no further attention to me and I was thus permitted to remain close and watch their operations, which consisted in breaking an opening in the wall of the incubator large enough to permit of the exit of the young Martians.
The one thing I want to know is, does the law permit it?'
In the meantime, and that the shaveling may suspect nothing, permit him to go freely about his task of preparing these Saxon hogs for the slaughter-house.''
'You will, however, permit me,' replied the Editor.
Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest, a swift and enormous dilation of his bead-black pupils, and a raucous imperative cry, as of all the gods, in his throat, could make Michael give back and permit the fastidious selection of the choicest tidbits of his dish.
But he resolutely held the door of his tepee, inside which he had placed the culprit, and refused to permit the vengeance for which his tribespeople clamoured.
The oligarchs did not dare permit the telling of the whole truth.
A complete power, therefore, to procure a regular and adequate supply of it, as far as the resources of the community will permit, may be regarded as an indispensable ingredient in every constitution.
Tarzan was puzzled, but he was all attention now, nor did he permit another detail of the incident to escape him.
Permit me to go out in the fields every day and walk about while the sun is shining.