Main definitions of permit in English

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permit1

verb

  • 1Give authorization or consent to (someone) to do something.

    with object and infinitive ‘the law permits councils to monitor any factory emitting smoke’
    with two objects ‘he would not permit anybody access to the library’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You certify you are legally permitted to use and access the Headlines.’
    • ‘Sometimes we were permitted to ride a horse, but we were not allowed to saddle it.’
    • ‘Well, there are no legal orders which permit you to rape and torture prisoners.’
    • ‘This would permit him to approve a giveaway of about €2 billion while maintaining one of the lowest borrowing requirements in the eurozone.’
    • ‘The law permitted the Director of Native Affairs to do so against the express wishes of the child's family.’
    • ‘The only exception to this rule is if state law permits patients to gain access to laboratory results.’
    • ‘The police would not permit anybody to park their live trucks right in front of the house.’
    • ‘Your Internet Explorer security settings are not permitting you to access the web site which hosts the picture file.’
    • ‘Dubai law still doesn't permit foreigners to have legal ownership of land and buildings.’
    • ‘More than that, I was permitted to say that he was allowed to receive letters from his family.’
    • ‘Instead, he was permitted to use his private vehicle to obtain access to a public beach with no facilities.’
    • ‘This would give Michigan horse racing a big market and provide the exposure needed if the law permits us to begin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She nearly missed out on college because of a law that wouldn't permit her to move past a mistake she'd once made.’
    • ‘The analysis permits us to recognize difference in the social conditions of migration for the foreign born in different time periods.’
    • ‘If that means the death penalty, if it means life imprisonment, we are going to do what the law permits us to do.’
    • ‘For so long in the discretion of the South African authorities as they would not permit him to have access to it.’
    • ‘But the law was amended to permit us to file this once he's been charged with a crime.’
    • ‘State law would permit property owners to petition to form a neighborhood association within a proposed boundary.’
    allow, let, authorize, give someone authorization, give someone leave, give someone permission, sanction, grant, grant someone the right, license, empower, enable, entitle, qualify
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    1. 1.1with object Authorize or give permission for (something)
      ‘the country is not ready to permit any rice imports’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What it does not do is rectify the injustice of permitting a conviction based on evidence the defendant is not allowed to see personally.’
      • ‘House owners have permitted development rights which allow certain changes without planning permission.’
      • ‘The authorities concerned should not permit allotment of sites in a layout till the government's specifications are met.’
      • ‘I'd permit the licensed sale of virtually all class A, B and C substances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the sell-out was made on April 4, there was no written contract or authority to permit it.’
      • ‘The Government has blamed local authority planners for permitting development on high-risk flood plains and riverbank sites.’
      • ‘Maintain multilevel security databases that safeguard sources and permit authorized access to unprocessed data.’
      • ‘No hospital or clinic, of course, would admit that it was permitting these procedures, but the point would have been made.’
      • ‘The reader has to allow for the age of the book and to permit it to be a pleasurable read.’
      • ‘The answer is take the request for deviating from ‘the policy’ to someone who has the authority to permit the deviation.’
      • ‘The Indian captain once again said the authorities should permit squads of more than 14 players in a one-day tournament of this nature.’
      • ‘A bit of the pain already has been felt due to relaxed import rules which permit a flood of cheap Asian products.’
      • ‘All European royal houses allow for female succession, a few permitting succession by the first-born regardless of sex.’
      • ‘Either it was too physically demanding and dangerous or the authorities would not permit it.’
      • ‘Why should it not be inferred from such facts that the authorities permitted such use of the site?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this case, the publisher may or may not grant a licence back to the author permitting some uses of the paper.’
      • ‘The parent is not permitted to give blanket consent, but must accompany the child to the game room.’
    2. 1.2with object (of a thing, circumstance, or condition) provide an opportunity or scope for (something) to take place; make possible.
      ‘some properties are too small to permit mechanized farming’
      no object ‘when weather permits, lunches are served outside’
      • ‘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, there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle and dance troupe.’
      • ‘In addition, schedules rarely permit small police units to use the facilities of the bigger departments.’
      • ‘The warning is justified since the information provided is insufficient to permit meaningful conclusions.’
      • ‘Although labour has been plentiful and cheap, vineyards are designed wherever possible to permit the passage of tractors for cultivation and treatment purposes.’
      • ‘This evaluation permits the identification of possible common patterns underlying the crop production forecast errors.’
      • ‘Weather permitting a trip will also take place around the Botanic Gardens.’
      • ‘Improved security of the facility containing the matrix is provided by a feature permitting remote control over the facility door lock.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, it shouldn't be long before Nicky finds the right race.’
      • ‘Weather permitting all Masses will take place in the Cemetery.’
      • ‘This permits high precision and allows the use of very small samples, like seeds.’
      • ‘Extensive information is available, which permits comparison of client groups with well-established norms.’
      • ‘Regardless of that, it was enormous fun and I hope to be out and about doing it again, weather permitting this weekend.’
      • ‘Aging blood vessels provide the environment that permits vascular disease to flourish.’
      • ‘Studies of men carrying out such duties should therefore provide information which would permit quantification of effects and lead to selection and training methods.’
      • ‘As much as circumstances permit I intend to be fairly self-indulgent and lazy today.’
      • ‘The School will be open from 4pm on the day and if weather permits a special Mass will be celebrated outside at 6pm.’
      • ‘Be assured that our aim is to restore a better balance when circumstances permit.’
      • ‘Such quantitative measurements permit inferences about the topology and internal organization of this organelle.’
    3. 1.3permit offormal no object Allow for; admit of.
      ‘the camp permits of no really successful defense’
      • ‘But do our actions permit of an end to the cycle of bloodshed?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is an unqualified right which permits of no derogation.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘But what about your civilian customer with a concealed carry permit?’
    • ‘A special residence permit is issued at the justice minister's discretion.’
    • ‘When the village's permits expired in January, even fewer farmers were given new ones.’
    • ‘The summits have pushed for the development of biometric identifiers in visas, residence permits and passports.’
    • ‘Most foreigners who have received new Bulgarian identification documents hold permanent residence permits.’
    • ‘Is he using proprietary logos without permission, and operating without the necessary business permits?’
    • ‘In the meantime only Customs and Excise permit holders are being permitted to use the first three floors.’
    • ‘He gave the same punishment to an Indian man who had tried to get a residency permit using forged documents.’
    • ‘The most important document was the green passport-type residence permit.’
    • ‘The man, who lives in Tokyo, was granted a special residence permit in March this year.’
    • ‘In most cases the fishing is free, all you need is a fishing permit.’
    • ‘She said the scheme was intended to reduce demand for parking and therefore help permit holders to park.’
    • ‘Bobby's 16, though, and he's got his driver's permit.’
    • ‘Apparently I have been driving without a valid permit for about 4 months.’
    • ‘The building permit was issued the next day.’
    • ‘Eleven shops were closed as the owners were found to be without the necessary permits.’
    • ‘My gripe comes from the increase in visitor permit fees.’
    • ‘City departments review that set in advance of issuing building permits.’
    • ‘The process of obtaining a motorcycle learner's permit barely required any studying at all.’
    • ‘Every construction activity in the city should obtain a building construction permit released by the agency.’
    authorization, licence, pass, voucher, ticket, warrant, document, certification
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Phrases

  • permit me

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

      ‘permit me to correct you’
      • ‘It may, if your Honour would permit me, simply to refer to one paragraph of her Honour's judgment.’
      • ‘If your Honours will permit me to question all or any of these earlier decisions, I will undertake to advance a sensible argument.’
      • ‘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 you will permit me, even though I am a retired politician I would like to say just a word about domestic politics.’
  • —— permitting

    • If the specified thing does not prevent one from doing something.

      ‘weather permitting, guests can dine outside on the veranda’
      • ‘On Wednesday - decent ground permitting - my horse runs in the 1.15 at Leicester.’
      • ‘But bringing it all to a platform is a great service and, support funding permitting, it should continue for many more years.’
      • ‘Ground permitting, he is going to put it up to the favourite.’
      • ‘Ground permitting, he will probably now go to Listowel for the Kerry National.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

permit

/pərˈmit//pərˈmɪt/

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He told me that there were snook and tarpon (as I already knew) and there were large bonefish and permit to fish for.’

Origin

Alteration of Spanish palometa ‘little dove’.

Pronunciation

permit

/ˈpərmit//ˈpərmɪt/