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per·mit 1 (pər-mĭt)
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v. per·mit·ted, per·mit·ting, per·mits
v.tr.
1. To allow the doing of (something); consent to: permit the sale of alcoholic beverages.
2. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize: permitted him to explain.
3. To afford opportunity or possibility for: weather that permits sailing.
v.intr.
To afford opportunity; allow: if circumstances permit.
n. (pûrmĭt, pər-mĭt)
A document or certificate giving permission to do something: a building permit.

[Middle English permitten, from Latin permittere : per-, through; see PER- + mittere, to let go.]

permit·tee (pûrmĭ-tē) n.
per·mitter n.

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per·mit  2(pûrmĭt, pər-mĭt)
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n.
A carangid fish (Trachinotus falcatus) of the western Atlantic Ocean, having a laterally compressed silvery body and a deeply forked tail and valued as a food and game fish.

[Alteration of Spanish palometa, a species of pompano (Trachinotus ovatus), any of several other species of fish, probably ultimately from Doric Greek *pālamus, pālamud-, variant of Greek pēlamus, pēlamud-, young tuna, tuna in its first year, of unknown origin.]

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