—v.t. 1. to allow to do something: Permit me to explain. 2. to allow to be done or occur: The law does not permit the sale of such drugs. 3. to tolerate; agree to: a law permitting Roman Catholicism in England. 4. to afford opportunity for, or admit of: vents to permit the escape of gases.
—v.i. 1. to grant permission; allow liberty to do something.
2. to afford opportunity or possibility: Write when time permits. 3. to allow or admit (usually fol. by of): statements that permit of no denial.
—n. 1. an authoritative or official certificate of permission; license: a fishing permit. 2. a written order granting special permission to do something.
Pronunciation: (pûr'mit),[key] —n. a pompano, Trachinotus falcatus, of the waters off the West Indies.