from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To allow the doing of (something); consent to: permit the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • transitive v. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize: permitted him to explain.
  • transitive v. To afford opportunity or possibility for: weather that permits sailing.
  • intransitive v. To afford opportunity; allow: if circumstances permit.
  • n. Permission, especially in written form.
  • n. A document or certificate giving permission to do something; a license or warrant: a building permit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pompano of the species Trachinotus falcatus.
  • v. To grant formal authorization for (something).
  • v. To attempt to obtain or succeed in obtaining formal authorization for (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Warrant; license; leave; permission; specifically, a written license or permission given to a person or persons having authority.
  • n. A large pompano (Trachinotus goodei) of the West Indies, Florida, etc. It becomes about three feet long.
  • n. The round pompano. (Trachinotus falcatus).
  • intransitive v. To grant permission; to allow.
  • transitive v. To consent to; to allow or suffer to be done; to tolerate; to put up with.
  • transitive v. To grant (one) express license or liberty to do an act; to authorize; to give leave; -- followed by an infinitive.
  • transitive v. To give over; to resign; to leave; to commit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To give over; leave; give up or resign; refer.
  • Synonyms and Consent to, Sanction, etc. See allow.— 2. To license, empower.
  • To grant leave, license, or permission; afford opportunity; be favorable; allow: as, it will be done if circumstances permit.
  • n. 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. A carangoid fish, Trachynotus rhodopus, closely related to the pompano, occurring in the West Indies, in Florida, and on the Western coast of Mexico.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
  • n. a legal document giving official permission to do something
  • n. the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
  • v. consent to, give permission
  • n. large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies
  • v. allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting


Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere : per-, through; see per- + mittere, to let go.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin permittō ("give up, allow"), from per ("through") + mittō ("send"). (Wiktionary)
An irregular borrowing from Spanish palometa, probably from a Doric variant of Ancient Greek πηλαμύς (pilamus, "young tuna"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "7. A carangoid fish, Trachynotus rhodopus, closely related to the pompano, occurring in the West Indies, in Florida, and on the Western coast of Mexico."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 5, 2011