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"permit" in British English

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permitverb

uk   /pəˈmɪt/ us   /pɚˈmɪt/ -tt-
B1 [T] to allow something: The regulations do not permit much flexibility. [+ -ing verb] The prison authorities permit visiting 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.
C1 [I] 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).

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permitnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɜː.mɪt/ us   /ˈpɝː.mɪt/
(Definition of permit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"permit" in American English

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permitverb [T]

us   /pərˈmɪt/ -tt-
to allow something, or make something possible: Playing loud music is not permitted after 10 pm.

permitnoun [C]

us   /ˈpɜr·mɪt, pərˈmɪt/
an official document that allows you to do something: Do you have a permit to park here?
(Definition of permit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"permit" in Business English

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permitnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɜːmɪt/ us  
an official document that allows you to do something or go somewhere: grant/apply for/issue a permit The agency declined to issue a permit.permit for sth The permit for exploratory drilling is good for 30 days.permit to do sth Retailers need a permit to sell fireworks.

permitverb

uk   /pəˈmɪt/ us   -tt-
[T] to allow something: It is entirely at the carriers' discretion to permit a factory to load features into the newest phones. U.S. officials were not permitted to interview him.
[I or T] to make something possible: Finally, the reports would permit the Commission to make information available to the public.
(Definition of permit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“permit” in British English

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