Keep and Permit


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Keep verb – Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state.
Usage example: Keep the child from eating the marbles

Permit is an antonym for keep in prevent topic.
Nearby Words: keeping, keeper
Antonyms for Keep


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Permit verb – To give permission for or to approve of.
Usage example: the school won't permit such an activity on its grounds

Keep is an antonym for permit in allow participation topic.
Nearby Words: permitted, permission, permissive, permissible, permitting
Antonyms for Permit
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How words are described

proper proper keep proper permit

Common collocations

character keep character permit character
power keep power permit power
people keep people permit people
existence keep existence permit existence
Other nouns: anyone, player, daughter.

Both words in one sentence

  • Wide Open Sandbox Most of the Jak and Daxter games permit you to keep wandering around as long as you like, completing the little optional missions, beating up enemies, or just picking up the "Unlimited Ammo" cheat and blowing up everything everywhere.
  • Secret Relationship In the film, Good Night, and Good Luck., Joseph and Shirley Wershba have to keep their marriage secret from all their colleagues ( pretty much all of whom know anyway), as the rules at the time did not permit a married couple to work together.
  • However, the Warden's Keep DLC adventure mentions that the Grey Wardens don't forbid blood magic, as they will permit any advantage they can get over the Darkspawn.
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