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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 ​prisonauthorities permit ​visiting only ​once a ​month. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The ​securitysystem will not permit you toenter without the ​correctpassword. As it was such a ​specialoccasion, she permitted herself a ​smallglass of ​champagne.formal The ​law permits of no other ​interpretation.
C1 [I] to make something ​possible: The Chancellor is ​looking to ​lowerinterestrates, when ​economicconditions permit. We have ​arranged to ​playtennis on ​Saturday, weather permitting (= if the ​weather is good enough).

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permitnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɜː.mɪt/  us   /ˈpɝː.mɪt/
C1 an ​officialdocument that ​allows you to do something or go ​somewhere: a ​work/​travel/​parking permit She has ​managed to ​obtain a ​temporaryresidence permit. [+ to infinitive] Do you need a permit towork here?

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(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 ​loudmusic is not permitted after 10 pm.

permitnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɜr·mɪt, pərˈmɪt/
an ​officialdocument 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   us   /ˈpɜːmɪt/
an ​officialdocument that ​allows you to do something or go somewhere: grant/apply for/issue a permit The ​agencydeclined 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   us   /pəˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
[T] to ​allow something: It is entirely at the ​carriers' ​discretion to permit a ​factory to ​loadfeatures 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 ​informationavailable to the ​public.
(Definition of permit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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