AskDefine | Define permit

Dictionary Definition



1 a legal document giving official permission to do something [syn: license, licence]
2 the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization [syn: license, permission]
3 large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies [syn: Trachinotus falcatus]


1 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" [syn: allow, let, countenance] [ant: forbid, forbid]
2 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" [syn: let, allow] [ant: prevent]
3 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" [syn: allow, tolerate] [also: permitting, permitted]

User Contributed Dictionary



permitten, from permettre, from permittere, to give up or allow


  • /ˈpɜːmɪt/ (UK) or /ˈpɝmɪt/ (US)
  • /"p3:mIt/ (UK) or /"p3`mIt/ (US)


  1. An artifact or document rendering something allowed or legal.


An artifact or document rendering something allowed or legal
  • Czech: povolení
  • German: Genehmigung
  • Slovene: dovoljenje
  • Swedish: tillstånd


  • /pəˈmɪt/ (UK) or /pɚˈmɪt/ (US)
  • /p@"mIt/ (UK) or /p@`"mIt/ (US)

Usage notes


allow to happen

Derived terms


Verb form

  1. third-person singular indicative past historic of permettre

Extensive Definition

Permit may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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