Definition of permission in US English:



  • 1Consent; authorization.

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


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