What does permit mean?

Definitions for permit
ˈpɜr mɪtper·mit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. license, licence, permitnoun

    a legal document giving official permission to do something

  2. license, permission, permitnoun

    the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

  3. permit, Trachinotus falcatusverb

    large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies

  4. permit, allow, let, countenanceverb

    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"

  5. let, allow, permitverb

    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"

  6. allow, permit, tolerateverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Permitnoun

    A written permission from an officer for transporting of goods from place to place, showing the duty on them to have been paid.

  2. To PERMITverb

    Etymology: permitto, Lat. permettre, Fr.

    What things God doth neither command nor forbid, the same he permitteth with approbation either to be done or left undone. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 4.

    Women keep silence in the churches; for it is not permitted unto them to speak. 1 Corinthians xiv. 34.

    Ye gliding ghosts, permit me to relate
    The mystick wonders of your silent state. Dryden.

    Age oppresses us by the same degrees that it instructs us, and permits not that our mortal members, which are frozen with our years, should retain the vigour of our youth. Dryden.

    We should not permit an allowed, possible, great and weighty good to slip out of our thoughts, without leaving any relish, any desire of itself there. John Locke.

    After men have acquired as much as the laws permit them, they have nothing to do but to take care of the publick. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou liv’st,
    Live well; how long, how short, permit to heav’n. John Milton.

    If the course of truth be permitted unto itself, it cannot escape many errours. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    To the gods permit the rest. Dryden.

    Whate’r can urge ambitious youth to fight,
    She pompously displays before their sight;
    Laws, empire, all permitted to the sword. Dryden.

    Let us not aggravate our sorrows,
    But to the gods permit th’ event of things. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. permit

    A permit is an official document or certificate that gives someone the authorization or consent to do, use, or access something. It is often issued by a governing authority or organization. It can also refer to the action of allowing or enabling someone to do something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Permitverb

    to consent to; to allow or suffer to be done; to tolerate; to put up with

  2. Permitverb

    to grant (one) express license or liberty to do an act; to authorize; to give leave; -- followed by an infinitive

  3. Permitverb

    to give over; to resign; to leave; to commit

  4. Permitverb

    to grant permission; to allow

  5. Permitnoun

    warrant; license; leave; permission; specifically, a written license or permission given to a person or persons having authority; as, a permit to land goods subject to duty

  6. Etymology: [Cf. Sp. palamida a kind of scombroid fish.]


  1. Permit

    The permit, Trachinotus falcatus, is a game fish of the western Atlantic ocean belonging to the Carangidae family. Adults feed on crabs, shrimp, and smaller fish. Two submarines of the United States Navy were named USS Permit in its honor, in keeping with the "denizens of the deep" theme of submarine names that prevailed before the 1971 naming of USS Los Angeles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Permit

    per-mit′, v.t. to give leave to: to allow to be or to be done: to afford means: to give opportunity:—pr.p. permit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. permit′ted.n. (per′mit) a written permission, esp. from a custom-house officer to remove goods.—n. Permissibil′ity.—adj. Permiss′ible, that may be permitted: allowable.—adv. Permiss′ibly.—n. Permis′sion, act of permitting: liberty granted: allowance.—adj. Permiss′ive, granting permission or liberty: allowing: granted: not hindered.—adv. Permiss′ively, by permission, without prohibition.—ns. Permit′tance, permission; Permittēē′, one to whom permission is granted; Permit′ter, one who permits.—Permissive Bill, a measure embodying the principles of local option for the regulation of the liquor traffic; Permissive laws, laws that permit certain things without enforcing anything. [L. permittĕre, -missum, to let pass through—per, through, mittĕre, to send.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. permit

    A license to sell goods that have paid the duties or excise.

Editors Contribution

  1. permit

    An official document giving permission.

    The market permit is sufficient for the traders to have when requested.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  2. permit

    To allow.

    They did permit using the lake for swimming in specific areas.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permit' in Verbs Frequency: #431

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of permit in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of permit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of permit in a Sentence

  1. John Bolton:

    I think the message to North Korea is the President wants a real deal, when you're serious about eliminating the threat of nuclear proliferation, you have to address the aspects that permit an aspiring nuclear weapons state to get there. The Iran deal did not do that. A deal that we hope to reach, the President is optimistic we can reach with North Korea, will address all those issues.

  2. Brian Wynne:

    We need to permit expanded uses that pose no additional risk to the airspace system, whether within the context of the rule, through the reauthorization or by other means, we need to allow for beyond-visual-line-of-sight, nighttime operations and operations over congested areas. Otherwise we risk stunting a still-nascent industry.

  3. Ronald Reagan:

    We seek a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer. God should never have been expelled from America's classrooms in the first place.

  4. The GAO:

    Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.

  5. Bambang Gatot:

    If they don't submit it, they won't get a recommendation for an export permit.

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