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English noun: permit

1. permit (communication) a legal document giving official permission to do something


Synonymslicence, license


Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document


Narrower (hyponym)building permit, driver's licence, driver's license, driving licence, driving license, fishing licence, fishing license, fishing permit, game license, hunting licence, hunting license, hunting permit, learner's permit, letter of mark and reprisal, letter of marque, letters of marque, liberty chit, liquor licence, liquor license, marriage licence, marriage license, occupation licence, occupation license, pass, wedding licence, wedding license


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. permit (act) the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization


Synonymslicense, permission


Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authorization, empowerment


Narrower (hyponym)allowance, clearance, conge, congee, dispensation, toleration

3. permit (animal) large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies


SynonymsTrachinotus falcatus


Broader (hypernym)pompano


English verb: permit

1. permit (communication) consent to, give permission


SamplesShe permitted her son to visit her estranged husband.
I won't let the police search her basement.
I cannot allow you to see your exam.


ExamplesThey permit him to write the letter


Synonymsallow, countenance, let


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)accept, consent, go for


Narrower (hyponym)abide, admit, admit, allow, allow in, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, clear, decriminalise, decriminalize, digest, endure, favor, favour, furlough, give, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, let in, pass, permit, privilege, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, tolerate, trust


Verb groupallow, grant


Antonymsdisallow, forbid, nix, prohibit, proscribe, interdict, veto

2. permit (social) make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen


SamplesThis permits the water to rush in.
This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement.
This will permit the rain to run off.


Synonymsallow, let


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE.
Something ----s INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)pass


Antonymsprevent, keep

3. permit (communication) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting


SamplesWe don't allow dogs here.
Children are not permitted beyond this point.
We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital.


Synonymsallow, tolerate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit









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