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To give someone permission to do something - thesaurus

Synonyms

permit

verb

to allow someone to do something, or to allow something to happen

allow

verb

to give someone permission to do or have something

approve

verb

to give official agreement or permission to something

tolerate

verb

to allow someone to do something that you do not like or approve of

authorize

verb

to give official permission for something to happen

mandate

verb

to give someone the authority to do something

grant

verb

formal to allow someone to have or do what they want

empower

verb

formal to give a person or organization the legal authority to do something

give/get the go-ahead

to give/get permission to do something

say yes

to agree, or to give permission

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More synonyms

assent

verb

formal to agree with or officially give permission for something

authorise

a British spelling of authorize

clear

verb

to give or obtain official permission for something to happen

clear

verb

to give an airplane, ship, or person permission to enter or leave a place

cut/give someone some slack

to be less strict with someone

dismiss

verb

to officially tell people that they can leave a place

excuse

verb

to give someone permission to leave

get/give someone the OK

spoken to get or give someone permission to do something

give

verb

to allow someone to take action

give

verb

to allow someone to do something before other people

give

verb

to allow someone a limited time to do something

licence

the British spelling of license

license

verb

if someone is licensed to do something, they have official permission to do it from a government, business, or other authority

license

verb

if something is licensed, people have official permission to use it

OK

verb

informal to give permission or approval for something to happen

sanction

verb

formal to give official approval or permission for an action

suffer

verb

an old word meaning “to allow something”

validate

verb

formal to make a document legally valid

vest

verb

formal to give someone power or a right

wave through

to give permission or approval for something immediately and often without checking or considering it properly

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