Definition of permission in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈmɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of officially allowing someone to do a particular thing; consent or authorization: they had entered the country without permission [with infinitive]: he received permission to go to Brussels
More example sentences
  • 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, licence, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal of approval, approbation, endorsement, blessing, imprimatur, clearance, acceptance, allowance, tolerance, sufferance, empowerment, freedom, liberty
informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so
rare permit
1.1 [count noun] An official document giving authorization: permissions to reproduce copyright material
More example sentences
  • 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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