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English definition of “permit”


verb     /pəˈmɪt/ US  /pɚ-/ (-tt-)
B1 [T] formal to allow something: The regulations do not permit much flexibility . [+ -ing verb] The prison authorities permit visit ing only once a month . [+ obj + to infinitive ] The security system will not permit you to enter without the correct password . As it was such a special occasion , she permitted herself a small glass of champagne .formal The law permits of no other interpretation .Allowing and permitting C1 [I] formal to make something possible : The Chancellor is looking to lower interest rates , when economic conditions permit. We have arranged to play tennis on Saturday , weather permitting (= if the weather is good enough).Allowing and permittingEncouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring Grammar:Allow, permit or let?Allow, permit and let are verbs that all have a similar meaning: ‘give permission or make it possible for somebody to do or have something’.Grammar:Permit/allow someone + to do somethingWe use a direct object + to-infinitive after permit and allow:Grammar:Let someone + do somethingWe use an infinitive without to after let:Grammar:Passive with permit and allowWe often use the passive with permit and allow. Permit is often used for official public notices:
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