• WordNet 3.6
    • v permit 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"
    • v permit 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"
    • v 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"
    • n permit the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
    • n permit large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies
    • n permit a legal document giving official permission to do something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a law in the state of Idaho that does not permit one citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that is heavier than 50 pounds
    • n Permit A large pompano (Trachinotus goodei) of the West Indies, Florida, etc. It becomes about three feet long.
    • Permit To consent to; to allow or suffer to be done; to tolerate; to put up with. "What things God doth neither command nor forbid . . . he permitteth with approbation either to be done or left undone."
    • Permit To give over; to resign; to leave; to commit. "Let us not aggravate our sorrows,
      But to the gods permit the event of things."
    • Permit To grant (one) express license or liberty to do an act; to authorize; to give leave; -- followed by an infinitive. "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself."
    • v. i Permit To grant permission; to allow.
    • n Permit 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the age of a person when they marry was dependant on the person's class. Those with a high social status were permitted to marry at a younger age.
    • permit To suffer or allow to be, come to pass, or take place, by tacit consent or by not prohibiting or hindering; allow without expressly authorizing.
    • permit To grant leave or liberty to by express consent; allow expressly; give leave, liberty, or license to: as, a license that permits a person to sell intoxicating liquors.
    • permit To give over; leave; give up or resign; refer.
    • permit Synonyms and Consent to, Sanction, etc. See allow.— 2. To license, empower.
    • permit To grant leave, license, or permission; afford opportunity; be favorable; allow: as, it will be done if circumstances permit.
    • n permit Leave; permission; especially, written permission giving leave or granting authority to do something: as, a permit to view a house; a permit to visit a fort; a customs or excise permit.
    • n permit A carangoid fish, Trachynotus rhodopus, closely related to the pompano, occurring in the West Indies, in Florida, and on the Western coast of Mexico.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is against the law in Pueblo, Colorado, to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
    • v.t Permit per-mit′ to give leave to: to allow to be or to be done: to afford means: to give opportunity
    • pr.p Permit permit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. permit′ted
    • n Permit (per′mit) a written permission, esp. from a custom-house officer to remove goods
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  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “If there is no God, everything is permitted.”
  • Proverb
    “The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.”
  • Brigham Young
    “We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. permittere, permissum, to let through, to allow, permit; per + mittere, to let go, send. See Per-, and Mission


In literature:

It's only permitting it to signify that permits it to exist.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The dignity of the quarter-deck does not permit an officer, much less a seaman, to ask questions of his superior.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
No distinction was permitted except to those who had rendered some signal service to the state.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The dead were permitted to float down unheeded, the wounded to make its escape.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
I will not permit you to take your soaking clothes upstairs.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The call when cable enough is veered to permit of the anchor being brought to the cat-head.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
To you, my reader, is permitted the great privilege of knowing that he was married very early in life.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
See if the grounds will permit of a part being used for a garden.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
They continued this practice until their advanced age and uncertain state of health no longer permitted it.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Ole was silent, but permitted the steward to remove at will the long, snarly white locks, which covered his head.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

And when their master set them free,
They thought a week was sure remitted,
And thanked him that their liberty
Had been before the time permitted.
"Conquest Of Prejudice" by Charles Lamb
The Church of God does not a Turk admit,
Nor any one, that of true faith is void,
To her communion : Do not thou permit
A reprobate to be by thee employ'd.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Not long is she permitted to enjoy,
This sweetest bud of promise to her given;
Short as an angel's visit was its stay,
When God, who gave it, took it up to heaven.
"Life's Changes" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
They decree the crime:
Proud is the boyish tyrant that so soon
His slaves permit him to so great a deed
To give his favouring voice; and for the work
They choose Achillas.
"Pharsalia - Book VIII: Death Of Pompeius" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
I watch that precipice of fear
You tread, naked in naked distress.
To that deep care we are committed
Beneath the wildness of our flesh
And shuddering horror of our dream,
Where unmasked agony is permitted.
"The Trance" by Stephen Spender
--O Prince, to Her
First placed, first honour'd in our love and faith,
True stay, true constant counseller,
From that first love of boyhood's prime,--to death!
O if thy soul on earth permitted gaze
In these less-fortunate days
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Concealed weapons /carry permits on the rise due to new laws.
TALLAHASSEE — It looks as though Florida will soon become the first state in the nation with more than 1 million concealed weapons permits.
Currently, about 950,000 Floridians have active concealed weapons permits.
Florida to Have One Million Concealed Weapons Permit Holders.
It looks as though Florida will soon become the first state in the nation with more than one million concealed weapons permits.
1 state in concealed-weapons permits, as the Sunshine State is expected to hit the 1 million mark.
That's about how many Floridians have active concealed weapons permits.
Experts say before the end of the year, Florida will be the first state to have more than one million permits.
Plavney got her concealed weapons permit a year ago.
The church, faced with overcrowding, sought a permit to demolish most of its 74-year-old Mission Revival structure and expand into Boerne's historic district.
A change in permitting for marine construction could create major problems for the city of Cape Coral.
Moroun bridge permit meeting gets ugly.
He claimed the permit from the latter was issued to Acme Cremation Services, which according to his research is owned by Kass Funeral Homes.
Should the Christian flag display be permitted at the Veteran's Memorial in King.
LAS CRUCES , N.M.—Lawyers for a company that wants to open the first strip club in Las Cruces have appealed a city zoning board's decision to reject their permit application.

In science:

The usual approach to this generalization of the Einstein theory goes through the gauge field method which permits to obtain a gauge theory of gravity starting from the affine group A(n, R) .
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
This permit us to choose an orthonormal coframe and by doing so, the degree of freedom of the metric and the coframe becomes equivalent.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
This will permits to get a more general result.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Observe that it is permitted that an input file contains a sequence of reasoning tasks.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
This permits to integrate out two other field components and to perform the integration over d3ρ.
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram