1. [ verb ] give permission
Synonyms: allow let countenance

"She 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"

Related terms: forbid forbid accept authorize endure admit admit trust privilege legalize allow furlough give allow license license
2. [ verb ] make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
Synonyms: let allow

"This 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"

Related terms: prevent pass
3. [ noun ] (writing) a legal document giving official permission to do something
Synonyms: license licence
Related terms: legal_document occupation_license liquor_license hunting_license fishing_license building_permit letter_of_marque marriage_license driver's_license pass learner's_permit law license
4. [ noun ] the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
Synonyms: permission license
Related terms: authorization dispensation allowance clearance toleration conge license allow
5. [ verb ] allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
Synonyms: tolerate allow

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

Related terms: license allowance
6. [ noun ] (zoology) large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies
Synonyms: Trachinotus_falcatus
Related terms: pompano
Similar spelling:   permitted