Definition of permission in English:


Syllabification: per·mis·sion
Pronunciation: /pərˈmiSHən


  • 1Consent; authorization: they had entered the country without permission [with infinitive]: he had received permission to go to Brussels
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    • He said that they have to get permission from the minister to allow civilians to use it.
    • His father was given permission to see him only once but was not allowed to talk to his son.
    • We've all heard of cases where people who should have got planning permission have been refused.
    authorization, consent, leave, authority, sanction, license, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal/stamp of approval, approbation, endorsement, blessing, imprimatur, clearance, allowance, tolerance, sufferance, empowerment
    informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so
  • 1.1An official document giving authorization: permissions to reproduce copyright material
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    • Set up your authors and permissions as you would on any other blog.
    • Questions of permissions, copyright, and submissions are a big job, even for a small webzine.
    • All new dams will need permissions and any new water that is needed in already capped catchments will need to be bought in the market.


late Middle English: from Latin permissio(n-), from the verb permittere 'allow' (see permit1).

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