Main definitions of permit in English

: permit1permit2

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’
    • ‘This would permit him to approve a giveaway of about €2 billion while maintaining one of the lowest borrowing requirements in the eurozone.’
    • ‘Instead, he was permitted to use his private vehicle to obtain access to a public beach with no facilities.’
    • ‘The analysis permits us to recognize difference in the social conditions of migration for the foreign born in different time periods.’
    • ‘But the law was amended to permit us to file this once he's been charged with a crime.’
    • ‘This would give Michigan horse racing a big market and provide the exposure needed if the law permits us to begin.’
    • ‘Dubai law still doesn't permit foreigners to have legal ownership of land and buildings.’
    • ‘The law permitted the Director of Native Affairs to do so against the express wishes of the child's family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The police would not permit anybody to park their live trucks right in front of the house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She nearly missed out on college because of a law that wouldn't permit her to move past a mistake she'd once made.’
    • ‘If that means the death penalty, if it means life imprisonment, we are going to do what the law permits us to do.’
    • ‘State law would permit property owners to petition to form a neighborhood association within a proposed boundary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your Internet Explorer security settings are not permitting you to access the web site which hosts the picture file.’
    • ‘The only exception to this rule is if state law permits patients to gain access to laboratory results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, there are no legal orders which permit you to rape and torture prisoners.’
    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 give permission for (something)
      ‘the country is not ready to permit any rice imports’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Indian captain once again said the authorities should permit squads of more than 14 players in a one-day tournament of this nature.’
      • ‘No hospital or clinic, of course, would admit that it was permitting these procedures, but the point would have been made.’
      • ‘The parent is not permitted to give blanket consent, but must accompany the child to the game room.’
      • ‘When the sell-out was made on April 4, there was no written contract or authority to permit it.’
      • ‘All European royal houses allow for female succession, a few permitting succession by the first-born regardless of sex.’
      • ‘House owners have permitted development rights which allow certain changes without planning permission.’
      • ‘Either it was too physically demanding and dangerous or the authorities would not permit it.’
      • ‘What it does not do is rectify the injustice of permitting a conviction based on evidence the defendant is not allowed to see personally.’
      • ‘Why should it not be inferred from such facts that the authorities permitted such use of the site?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The authorities concerned should not permit allotment of sites in a layout till the government's specifications are met.’
      • ‘In this case, the publisher may or may not grant a licence back to the author permitting some uses of the paper.’
      • ‘A bit of the pain already has been felt due to relaxed import rules which permit a flood of cheap Asian products.’
      • ‘The reader has to allow for the age of the book and to permit it to be a pleasurable read.’
      • ‘The Government has blamed local authority planners for permitting development on high-risk flood plains and riverbank sites.’
      • ‘The answer is take the request for deviating from ‘the policy’ to someone who has the authority to permit the deviation.’
      • ‘Maintain multilevel security databases that safeguard sources and permit authorized access to unprocessed data.’
    2. 1.2[with 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’
      • ‘Weather permitting all Masses will take place in the Cemetery.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, take a nice walk and just enjoy your surroundings.’
      • ‘Such quantitative measurements permit inferences about the topology and internal organization of this organelle.’
      • ‘As much as circumstances permit I intend to be fairly self-indulgent and lazy today.’
      • ‘Extensive information is available, which permits comparison of client groups with well-established norms.’
      • ‘In addition, schedules rarely permit small police units to use the facilities of the bigger departments.’
      • ‘This type of soil will permit good drainage while allowing sufficient water retention.’
      • ‘Aging blood vessels provide the environment that permits vascular disease to flourish.’
      • ‘This permits high precision and allows the use of very small samples, like seeds.’
      • ‘This evaluation permits the identification of possible common patterns underlying the crop production forecast errors.’
      • ‘The warning is justified since the information provided is insufficient to permit meaningful conclusions.’
      • ‘Weather permitting a trip will also take place around the Botanic Gardens.’
      • ‘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, it shouldn't be long before Nicky finds the right race.’
      • ‘Be assured that our aim is to restore a better balance when circumstances permit.’
      • ‘Studies of men carrying out such duties should therefore provide information which would permit quantification of effects and lead to selection and training methods.’
      • ‘Regardless of that, it was enormous fun and I hope to be out and about doing it again, weather permitting this weekend.’
      • ‘Weather permitting, there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle and dance troupe.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3dated [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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As an ideology nationalism has, like the other concepts mentioned above, many variants and permits of no easy one-line definition.’
      • ‘In this case the absence of entries permits of the inference that nothing was charted because nothing was done.’

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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most foreigners who have received new Bulgarian identification documents hold permanent residence permits.’
    • ‘Every construction activity in the city should obtain a building construction permit released by the agency.’
    • ‘The building permit was issued the next day.’
    • ‘A special residence permit is issued at the justice minister's discretion.’
    • ‘Is he using proprietary logos without permission, and operating without the necessary business permits?’
    • ‘In most cases the fishing is free, all you need is a fishing permit.’
    • ‘Eleven shops were closed as the owners were found to be without the necessary permits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently I have been driving without a valid permit for about 4 months.’
    • ‘He gave the same punishment to an Indian man who had tried to get a residency permit using forged documents.’
    • ‘Bobby's 16, though, and he's got his driver's permit.’
    • ‘She said the scheme was intended to reduce demand for parking and therefore help permit holders to park.’
    • ‘The man, who lives in Tokyo, was granted a special residence permit in March this year.’
    • ‘The most important document was the green passport-type residence permit.’
    • ‘In the meantime only Customs and Excise permit holders are being permitted to use the first three floors.’
    • ‘My gripe comes from the increase in visitor permit fees.’
    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.’
      • ‘If you will permit me, even though I am a retired politician I would like to say just a word about domestic politics.’
      • ‘If your Honours will permit me to question all or any of these earlier decisions, I will undertake to advance a sensible argument.’
      • ‘Sir, permit me to observe that the use of force alone is but temporary.’
      • ‘It may, if your Honour would permit me, simply to refer to one paragraph of her Honour's judgment.’
  • —— permitting

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

      [no object] ‘weather permitting, guests can dine outside on the veranda’
      • ‘On Wednesday - decent ground permitting - my horse runs in the 1.15 at Leicester.’
      • ‘Ground permitting, he will probably now go to Listowel for the Kerry National.’
      • ‘Ground permitting, he is going to put it up to the favourite.’
      • ‘But bringing it all to a platform is a great service and, support funding permitting, it should continue for many more years.’

Origin

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

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.