permit [verb per-mit; noun pur-mit, per-mit]
- To allow to do something.
- To allow to be done or occur.
- An authoritative or official certificate of permission; license.
- A written order granting special permission to do something.
Special written permission granted to an individual or business to do something. For example, a builder is granted a building permit to construct a specific home according to a predesigned and approved set of plans on a building lot. This permit will be monitored to ensure quality standards are adhered to for public safety and to ensure what was previously approved was actually constructed.