|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|
"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|
|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|
|Related terms:||authorization dispensation allowance clearance toleration conge license allow|
|5.||[ verb ] allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting|
"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|