Definition of permit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈpɜːmɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrmɪt//
 
an official document that gives somebody the right to do something, especially for a limited period of time a fishing/residence/parking, etc. permit to apply for a permit to issue a permit You cannot enter the military base without a permit. see also work permit More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet.
Word Origin late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘commit, hand over’): from Latin permittere, from per- ‘through’ + mittere ‘send, let go’.Extra examples They applied for a permit for a street demonstration against university fees. You can’t film here without a permit. His 30-day permit expires on Tuesday. I asked to see his permit. My parking permit was due to be renewed. We asked for a permit to enter the compound. You will need to apply for a fishing permit. a residence permit a work permit
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