Permit vs permit

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Permit and permit are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words permit and permit, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

A permit (PER mit) is a document or license that gives one permission to do something. For instance, in many municipalities, one must obtain a permit in order to build a house. Permit is a noun derived from the Latin word permittere, which means allow to pass or allow to go.

Permit (per MIT) means to allow someone to do something, to allow something to happen, to give permission or to authorize an action. The word permit is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are permits, permitted, permitting. This verb is also derived from the Latin word permittere.


Since the permit parking system began, at least two parking garages have been built to provide spaces for state workers. (The Albany Times Union)

The oldest son of President Donald Trump has received a permit to hunt and kill a grizzly bear in Western Alaska, officials said Monday. (The Anchorage Daily News)

Dr Liew said that face-to-face sessions would allow him to interact better with his audience but the current situation did not permit him to do so to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. (The Star)

Despite The Weekend Australian understanding Mr McCormack and his chief of staff were confirmed to represent the government in Sweden, his spokesman said they were not sure whether his “schedule will permit him to attend”. (The Australian)