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permit (v.)

early 15c., permitten, transitive, "allow (something) to be done, suffer or allow to be," from Old French permetre and directly from Latin permittere "let pass, let go, let loose; give up, hand over; let, allow, grant, permit," from per "through" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Meaning "grant liberty or leave" is from 16c. Related: Permitted; permitting.

permit (n.)

"written statement of permission or licence, written authority to do something," 1714, from permit (v.).

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Definitions of permit from WordNet
1
permit (v.)
consent to, give permission;
She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
Synonyms: allow / let / countenance
permit (v.)
make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen;
This permits the water to rush in
This will permit the rain to run off
Synonyms: let / allow
permit (v.)
allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting;
Children are not permitted beyond this point
Synonyms: allow / tolerate
2
permit (n.)
a legal document giving official permission to do something;
Synonyms: license / licence
permit (n.)
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization;
Synonyms: license / permission
permit (n.)
large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies;
Synonyms: Trachinotus falcatus
From wordnet.princeton.edu