Meaning of “permit” in the English Dictionary

"permit" in British English

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uk /pəˈmɪt/ us /pɚˈmɪt/ -tt-

B1 [ T ] to allow something:

The regulations do not permit much flexibility.
[ + 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.


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)