permit per‧mit [ˈpɜːmɪt ǁ ˈpɜːr-] noun [countable]
LAW an official document stating that someone is allowed to do something:

• The government would issue permits for fishing.

permit to do something

• The company requested a permit to operate a hazardous-waste treatment plant.

ˈbuilding ˌpermit also conˈstruction ˌpermit LAW PROPERTY
an official document that allows someone to build on a piece of land:

• McDonald's applied for a building permit for a new franchise restaurant.

an official document that you need to export certain types of goods; = EXPORT LICENCE
an official document that you need to import certain types of goods; = IMPORT LICENCE
ˈresidence ˌpermit LAW
an official document that allows someone to live in another country:

• Immigrants had to live in Denmark for five years before their spouses (= husbands or wives ) could acquire a residence permit.

ˈwork ˌpermit LAW
an official document that allows someone to work in another country, usually for a specific length of time:

• He is only in Britain for three months on a work permit, and fears being deported afterwards.

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permit UK US /ˈpɜːmɪt/ noun [C]
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.

See also BUILDING PERMIT(Cf. ↑building permit), CONSTRUCTION PERMIT(Cf. ↑construction permit), EXPORT PERMIT(Cf. ↑export permit), IMPORT PERMIT(Cf. ↑import permit), RESIDENCE PERMIT(Cf. ↑residence permit), WORK PERMIT(Cf. ↑work permit)
permit UK US /pəˈmɪt/ verb (-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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Permit — may refer to:*Permit (fish) *Various legal licenses::*License:*Work permit:*Learner s permit:*Permit to travel:*Construction permit:*Home Return Permit:*One way Permit *Permit is the common name for the Trachinotus falcatus, a type of Pompano.… …   Wikipedia

  • permit — per·mit / pər ˌmit, pər mit/ n: a written warrant or license granted by one having authority a building permit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. permit …   Law dictionary

  • Permit — Per*mit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Permitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Permitting}.] [L. permittere, permissum, to let through, to allow, permit; per + mittere to let go, send. See {Per }, and {Mission}.] 1. To consent to; to allow or suffer to be done; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • permit — permit1 [pər mit′; ] for n. [ pʉr′mit΄, pər mit′] vt. permitted, permitting [LME permitten < L permittere < per, through + mittere, to send: see MISSION] 1. to allow; consent to; tolerate [smoking is not permitted here] 2. to give… …   English World dictionary

  • Permit — Per mit, n. Warrant; license; leave; permission; specifically, a written license or permission given to a person or persons having authority; as, a permit to land goods subject to duty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • permit — [n] authorization admittance, allowance, charter, concession, consent, empowering, favor, franchise, go ahead*, grant, green light*, indulgence, leave, legalization, liberty, license, pass, passport, patent, permission, privilege, safe conduct,… …   New thesaurus

  • permit — ► VERB (permitted, permitting) 1) give permission to (someone) or for (something). 2) make possible. 3) (permit of) formal allow for; admit of. ► NOUN ▪ an official document giving permission to do something …   English terms dictionary

  • Permit — Per*mit , v. i. To grant permission; to allow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Permit — Per*mit , n. [Cf. Sp. palamida a kind of scombroid fish.] (a) A large pompano ({Trachinotus goodei}) of the West Indies, Florida, etc. It becomes about three feet long. (b) The round pompano. ({Trachinotus falcatus}). [Local, U. S.] [Webster 1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • permit — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. permetre, from L. permittere give up, allow, allow to pass through, from per through + mittere let go, send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Related: Permitted; permitting. The noun is first recorded 1714 …   Etymology dictionary

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