See also: permît
Etymology 1 Edit
- (most verb senses):
- (noun, denominal verb senses):
- (transitive) To allow (something) to happen, to give permission for. [from 15th c.]
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC, page 48:
- Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
- 1930 December 19, “Presbytarians”, in Time:
- Last week the decision on two points was conclusive: the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A. will not permit ordination of women as ministers, but will permit their election as ruling elders, permission which makes possible a woman as moderator.
- (transitive) To allow (someone) to do something; to give permission to. [from 15th c.]
- 2009, Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 17 Jan 09, p. 1:
- He was ultimately cleared, but during that period, Mr. Ackman said, his lawyers would not permit him to defend himself publicly.
- (intransitive) To allow for, to make something possible. [from 16th c.]
- 2006 December 3, Mary Riddell, “Trident is a Weapon of Mass Destruction”, in The Observer:
- What was left to say? Quite a lot, if only parliamentary time permitted.
- 2009 July 25, John Mitchell, “Clubs Preview”, in The Guardian:
- For snackage there's a 1950s-themed diner plus a barbie on the terrace, weather permitting.
- (intransitive) To allow, to admit (of). [from 18th c.]
- 2007, Ian Jack, The Guardian, 22 Sep 07:
- "As an instrument of economic policy, incantation does not permit of minor doubts or scruples."
- (transitive, pronounced like noun) To grant formal authorization for (something).
- The Building Department permitted that project last week.
- (transitive, pronounced like noun) To attempt to obtain or succeed in obtaining formal authorization for (something).
- We've been busy permitting the State Street development.
- (now archaic, rare) To hand over, resign (something to someone). [from 15th c.]
Usage notes Edit
- This is a catenative verb that in the active form takes the gerund (-ing), but in passive takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
Derived terms Edit
allow (something) to happen
permit (plural permits)
- An artifact or document rendering something allowed or legal. [from 17th c.]
- A construction permit can be obtained from the town offices.
- Go over to the park office and get a permit for the #3 shelter.
- (obsolete) Formal permission. [16th–19th c.]
Derived terms Edit
an artifact or document rendering something allowed or legal
Related terms Edit
Etymology 2 Edit
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɝmɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɜːmɪt/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)mɪt
permit (plural permit)
See also Edit