Main definitions of permit in English

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permit1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Officially allow (someone) to do something:

    ‘the law permits councils to monitor any factory emitting smoke’
    [with two objects] ‘he would not permit anybody access to the library’
    • ‘Sometimes we were permitted to ride a horse, but we were not allowed to saddle it.’
    • ‘But the law was amended to permit us to file this once he's been charged with a crime.’
    • ‘Instead, he was permitted to use his private vehicle to obtain access to a public beach with no facilities.’
    • ‘For so long in the discretion of the South African authorities as they would not permit him to have access to it.’
    • ‘More than that, I was permitted to say that he was allowed to receive letters from his family.’
    • ‘The police would not permit anybody to park their live trucks right in front of the house.’
    • ‘Dubai law still doesn't permit foreigners to have legal ownership of land and buildings.’
    • ‘The law also permits you to waive your right to notice or to accept a payment in lieu of notice if this is agreed with the company.’
    • ‘You certify you are legally permitted to use and access the Headlines.’
    • ‘This would give Michigan horse racing a big market and provide the exposure needed if the law permits us to begin.’
    • ‘The law permitted the Director of Native Affairs to do so against the express wishes of the child's family.’
    • ‘State law would permit property owners to petition to form a neighborhood association within a proposed boundary.’
    • ‘The only exception to this rule is if state law permits patients to gain access to laboratory results.’
    • ‘The analysis permits us to recognize difference in the social conditions of migration for the foreign born in different time periods.’
    • ‘This would permit him to approve a giveaway of about €2 billion while maintaining one of the lowest borrowing requirements in the eurozone.’
    • ‘Texas law permits you to receive up to 5 percent of the value of your father's estate as a commission for your services as executor.’
    • ‘If that means the death penalty, if it means life imprisonment, we are going to do what the law permits us to do.’
    • ‘Well, there are no legal orders which permit you to rape and torture prisoners.’
    • ‘Your Internet Explorer security settings are not permitting you to access the web site which hosts the picture file.’
    • ‘She nearly missed out on college because of a law that wouldn't permit her to move past a mistake she'd once made.’
    allow, let, authorize, give someone authorization, give someone leave, give someone permission, sanction, grant, grant someone the right, license, empower, enable, entitle, qualify
    consent to, assent to, give one's assent to, give one's consent to, give one's blessing to, give someone the nod, give something the nod, acquiesce in, agree to, accede to, approve of, tolerate, countenance, suffer, brook, admit of
    legalize, legitimatize, legitimate
    give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, ok, give the ok to, give the green light to, say the word
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    1. 1.1[with object] Authorize or allow (something):
      ‘the country is not ready to permit any rice imports’
      • ‘Why should it not be inferred from such facts that the authorities permitted such use of the site?’
      • ‘The authorities concerned should not permit allotment of sites in a layout till the government's specifications are met.’
      • ‘A bit of the pain already has been felt due to relaxed import rules which permit a flood of cheap Asian products.’
      • ‘The answer is take the request for deviating from ‘the policy’ to someone who has the authority to permit the deviation.’
      • ‘Either it was too physically demanding and dangerous or the authorities would not permit it.’
      • ‘The Indian captain once again said the authorities should permit squads of more than 14 players in a one-day tournament of this nature.’
      • ‘What it does not do is rectify the injustice of permitting a conviction based on evidence the defendant is not allowed to see personally.’
      • ‘If your state permits access to these databases, make plans to develop and implement a fingerprint checking program if you haven't already done so.’
      • ‘In this case, the publisher may or may not grant a licence back to the author permitting some uses of the paper.’
      • ‘No hospital or clinic, of course, would admit that it was permitting these procedures, but the point would have been made.’
      • ‘When the sell-out was made on April 4, there was no written contract or authority to permit it.’
      • ‘House owners have permitted development rights which allow certain changes without planning permission.’
      • ‘Only city staff and city council seemed to be off-side, which is why the current plan and the agreement authorized by the city would not permit them.’
      • ‘All European royal houses allow for female succession, a few permitting succession by the first-born regardless of sex.’
      • ‘The reader has to allow for the age of the book and to permit it to be a pleasurable read.’
      • ‘Maintain multilevel security databases that safeguard sources and permit authorized access to unprocessed data.’
      • ‘The Government has blamed local authority planners for permitting development on high-risk flood plains and riverbank sites.’
      • ‘The parent is not permitted to give blanket consent, but must accompany the child to the game room.’
      • ‘The crucial point is that states must not permit export or import of waste if they believe that it will not be handled in an environmentally sound manner.’
      • ‘I'd permit the licensed sale of virtually all class A, B and C substances.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Provide an opportunity or scope for (something) to take place; make possible:
      ‘the car park was too rutted and stony to permit ball games’
      [no object] ‘weather permitting, guests can dine outside on the veranda’
      ‘cycle parking stands are being installed, where space permits, at most rail stations’
      • ‘The School will be open from 4pm on the day and if weather permits a special Mass will be celebrated outside at 6pm.’
      • ‘Improved security of the facility containing the matrix is provided by a feature permitting remote control over the facility door lock.’
      • ‘This permits high precision and allows the use of very small samples, like seeds.’
      • ‘Such quantitative measurements permit inferences about the topology and internal organization of this organelle.’
      • ‘Aging blood vessels provide the environment that permits vascular disease to flourish.’
      • ‘In addition, schedules rarely permit small police units to use the facilities of the bigger departments.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, it shouldn't be long before Nicky finds the right race.’
      • ‘The warning is justified since the information provided is insufficient to permit meaningful conclusions.’
      • ‘Studies of men carrying out such duties should therefore provide information which would permit quantification of effects and lead to selection and training methods.’
      • ‘Extensive information is available, which permits comparison of client groups with well-established norms.’
      • ‘This type of soil will permit good drainage while allowing sufficient water retention.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, take a nice walk and just enjoy your surroundings.’
      • ‘Weather permitting all Masses will take place in the Cemetery.’
      • ‘Be assured that our aim is to restore a better balance when circumstances permit.’
      • ‘This evaluation permits the identification of possible common patterns underlying the crop production forecast errors.’
      • ‘Regardless of that, it was enormous fun and I hope to be out and about doing it again, weather permitting this weekend.’
      • ‘As much as circumstances permit I intend to be fairly self-indulgent and lazy today.’
      • ‘Although labour has been plentiful and cheap, vineyards are designed wherever possible to permit the passage of tractors for cultivation and treatment purposes.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle and dance troupe.’
      • ‘Weather permitting a trip will also take place around the Botanic Gardens.’
    3. 1.3permit offormal [no object] Allow for; admit of:
      ‘the camp permits of no really successful defence’
      • ‘But do our actions permit of an end to the cycle of bloodshed?’
      • ‘This is an unqualified right which permits of no derogation.’
      • ‘Now, you have to go further, do you not, and say that that tape really only permitted of one conclusion.’
      • ‘In this case the absence of entries permits of the inference that nothing was charted because nothing was done.’
      • ‘As an ideology nationalism has, like the other concepts mentioned above, many variants and permits of no easy one-line definition.’

noun

  • [often with modifier] An official document giving someone authorization to do something:

    ‘he is only in Britain on a work permit’
    • ‘My gripe comes from the increase in visitor permit fees.’
    • ‘She said the scheme was intended to reduce demand for parking and therefore help permit holders to park.’
    • ‘Eleven shops were closed as the owners were found to be without the necessary permits.’
    • ‘Is he using proprietary logos without permission, and operating without the necessary business permits?’
    • ‘The man, who lives in Tokyo, was granted a special residence permit in March this year.’
    • ‘Every construction activity in the city should obtain a building construction permit released by the agency.’
    • ‘In most cases the fishing is free, all you need is a fishing permit.’
    • ‘When the village's permits expired in January, even fewer farmers were given new ones.’
    • ‘The process of obtaining a motorcycle learner's permit barely required any studying at all.’
    • ‘The most important document was the green passport-type residence permit.’
    • ‘He gave the same punishment to an Indian man who had tried to get a residency permit using forged documents.’
    • ‘Most foreigners who have received new Bulgarian identification documents hold permanent residence permits.’
    • ‘Apparently I have been driving without a valid permit for about 4 months.’
    • ‘In the meantime only Customs and Excise permit holders are being permitted to use the first three floors.’
    • ‘A special residence permit is issued at the justice minister's discretion.’
    • ‘But what about your civilian customer with a concealed carry permit?’
    • ‘Bobby's 16, though, and he's got his driver's permit.’
    • ‘The summits have pushed for the development of biometric identifiers in visas, residence permits and passports.’
    • ‘City departments review that set in advance of issuing building permits.’
    • ‘The building permit was issued the next day.’
    authorization, licence, pass, voucher, ticket, warrant, document, certification
    passport, visa
    triptyque, carnet, laissez-passer, firman
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Phrases

  • permit me

    • dated Used for politeness before making a suggestion or expressing an intention:

      ‘permit me to correct you’
      • ‘So, while it's still a bit early, permit me to be the first to wish this special astronaut a good journey.’
      • ‘Sir, permit me to observe that the use of force alone is but temporary.’
      • ‘If your Honours will permit me to question all or any of these earlier decisions, I will undertake to advance a sensible argument.’
      • ‘If you will permit me, even though I am a retired politician I would like to say just a word about domestic politics.’
      • ‘It may, if your Honour would permit me, simply to refer to one paragraph of her Honour's judgment.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘commit, hand over’): from Latin permittere, from per- through + mittere send, let go.

Pronunciation:

permit

/pəˈmɪt/

Main definitions of permit in English

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permit2

noun

  • A deep-bodied fish of the jack family, found in warm waters of the western Atlantic and Caribbean and caught for food and sport.

    • ‘He told me that there were snook and tarpon (as I already knew) and there were large bonefish and permit to fish for.’
    • ‘Blue crystal-clear waters teem with game fish such as bonefish, permit, and tarpon, which have grown accustomed to a rich diet of shrimp and crabs.’

Origin

Alteration of Spanish palometa little dove.

Pronunciation:

permit

/pəˈmɪt/