From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_736_zpermitper‧mit1 /pəˈmɪt $ pər-/ ●●○W3 verb (permitted, permitting) formal1[transitive]LET/ALLOW to allow something to happen, especially by an official decision, rule, or lawSmoking is only permitted in the public lounge.be permitted to do somethingAs a punishment, she was not permitted to attend any school activities.be permitted in/near etc somethingDogs are not permitted inside the shop.permit somebody somethingThe bill would permit workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.He had more than the permitted level of alcohol in his blood.► see thesaurus at allowRegisterPermit is a formal word, which is used especially about someone being officially allowed to do something. In everyday situations, people usually say let somebody do something or allow somebody to do something:His parents won’t let him watch TV after ten o'clock.2[intransitive, transitive]POSSIBLE to make it possible for something to happenThe large windows permit a clear view of the lake.permit somebody to do somethingThe moon permitted me to see a little way into the distance.I’ll see you after the meeting, if time permits (=if it finishes early enough).We’ll have a picnic at the beach, weather permitting (=if the weather is good enough).GRAMMAR: Comparisonpermit• Something is permitted: Working from home is permitted.• Someone is permitted to do something: Employees are permitted to work from home.• Someone is permitted something: Women were not permitted a vote.Permit is usually used in the passive in this meaning.allow• You allow someone to do something: Her boss allows her to work from home.• Something is allowed: Working from home is allowed.• Someone is allowed something: You are allowed one piece of hand luggage.Allow is often used in the passive.let• You let someone do something: Her boss lets her work from home.✗Don’t say: let someone to do somethingLet is not used in the passive.→ See Verb table
permitper‧mit2 /ˈpɜːrmɪt $ ˈpɜːr-, pərˈmɪt/ ●●○ noun [countable]PGLET/ALLOWan official written statement giving you the right to do somethingpermit forA permit is required for fishing in the canal.travel/parking/export etc permitHikers need a camping permit for overnight stays in the park. →work permitCOLLOCATIONSverbshave a permitDo you have a resident's parking permit?need/require a permitEU citizens no longer need a permit to work in the UK.get a permitYou have to get a special permit in order to visit the Saiq plateau.issue a permitUp to ten fishing permits are issued each day.obtain a permit (=more formal than 'get')Hunters are required to obtain a permit.apply for a permitFarmers must apply for permits to use the new chemicals.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + permita work permitShe had problems getting a work permit for the States.a parking permitYou’ll need to apply for a residential parking permit.a travel permitPalestinians have to obtain a travel permit for travel between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.a residence permit (also residency permit especially American English) (=one that allows you to live in a country)Residence permits will be limited to five years.an export permitAn export permit is required for the export of this timber.a gun permitMore than 300,000 civilians, in a country of 6 million, have gun permits. a fishing permitTo fish you’ll need a rod licence and a fishing permit.