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verb permit pronunciation in British English /pə(r)ˈmɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepermitting
past tensepermitted
past participlepermitted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to allow someone to do something, or to allow something to happen

    The use of mobile phones is not permitted inside the aircraft.

    permit someone to do something:

    We were not permitted to enter the area during the investigation.

    permit someone something:

    She permitted herself a single bar of chocolate a week.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make something possible

    Economic circumstances don’t permit much public spending.

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