Definition of permission in English:

permission

noun

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’
    • ‘Diving in the lake is strictly prohibited without special permission from the authorities.’
    • ‘He wants to marry her, but decides to get Dad's permission first.’
    • ‘The decision went against the advice of the board's own planning inspector who recommended that permission be refused.’
    • ‘But outline planning permission was granted anyway in the face of opposition.’
    • ‘We've all heard of cases where people who should have got planning permission have been refused.’
    • ‘He said the council would clear the drains with the permission of the landowner.’
    • ‘Interviews were conducted by telephone, with parents' prior permission, across the country.’
    • ‘They are reprinted verbatim with the permission of the publisher.’
    • ‘You need special permission from the authorities to do so.’
    • ‘The article is published with the permission of the publisher.’
    • ‘The full chapter is reprinted here by permission of the author.’
    • ‘However, the decision whether to give permission to appeal is one for the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.’
    • ‘But outline permission was granted for a major housing development with only a small proportion of retail.’
    • ‘No adverts or signs are to be erected on the property unless prior planning permission is granted.’
    • ‘Some local farmers, without obtaining government permission, were setting up distilleries in their small farmhouses.’
    • ‘He said that they have to get permission from the minister to allow civilians to use it.’
    • ‘Last year there was the restriction that they seek prior permission of the police before embarking on fund raising rounds.’
    • ‘But, keep in mind, viewers would have to give their permission first.’
    • ‘His father was given permission to see him only once but was not allowed to talk to his son.’
    • ‘The excerpts used here are reprinted by permission.’
    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
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    1. 1.1count noun An official document giving authorization.
      ‘permissions to reproduce copyright material’
      • ‘Then reinstall the lot, double checking all the permissions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Questions of permissions, copyright, and submissions are a big job, even for a small webzine.’
      • ‘It permits the manager to grant permissions in material contravention of the development plan.’
      • ‘The agency should be in charge of investigating companies applying for licences and permissions.’
      • ‘What happens when we give authors the ability to grant certain permissions automatically?’
      • ‘I have no idea what kind of permissions are required to quote song lyrics.’
      • ‘The time involved in securing permissions limited the number of copyrighted works digitized.’
      • ‘At the start of this chapter we referred to the traditional idea that licences are mere permissions and do not constitute interests in land.’
      • ‘Take a look at this blogger for this time last year, when most of what I seemed to be doing was chasing permissions for song lyrics I'd quoted.’
      • ‘Set up your authors and permissions as you would on any other blog.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the flight team claimed all proper permissions were obtained.’
      • ‘We also had to have a huge number of licences and permissions to fish on many different sectors of the river.’
      • ‘Also fostering corruption are the hosts of permissions businessmen must obtain to conduct normal operations.’
      • ‘Recently he signed permissions for a £650,000 big screen TV for the city centre.’
      • ‘That is not our belief, but we are checking the various permissions to ascertain the true position.’
      • ‘It is very difficult to obtain all permissions within a few days.’
      • ‘Both permissions have been effectively frozen by the company while the superquarry application is being considered.’
      • ‘You might have noticed posting has been very light, and I've changed the permissions on several parts of the site.’
      • ‘Others even suggest that advocacy organizations have paid women to say they signed permissions under duress.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin permissio(n-), from the verb permittere ‘allow’ (see permit).

Pronunciation

permission

/pəˈmɪʃ(ə)n/