Definition of permission in English:



  • 1Consent; authorization.

    ‘they had entered the country without permission’
    [with infinitive] ‘he had received permission to go to Brussels’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His father was given permission to see him only once but was not allowed to talk to his son.’
    • ‘Interviews were conducted by telephone, with parents' prior permission, across the country.’
    • ‘But outline permission was granted for a major housing development with only a small proportion of retail.’
    • ‘Some local farmers, without obtaining government permission, were setting up distilleries in their small farmhouses.’
    • ‘He said the council would clear the drains with the permission of the landowner.’
    • ‘However, the decision whether to give permission to appeal is one for the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.’
    • ‘The full chapter is reprinted here by permission of the author.’
    • ‘The excerpts used here are reprinted by permission.’
    • ‘The decision went against the advice of the board's own planning inspector who recommended that permission be refused.’
    • ‘They are reprinted verbatim with the permission of the publisher.’
    • ‘But outline planning permission was granted anyway in the face of opposition.’
    • ‘Diving in the lake is strictly prohibited without special permission from the authorities.’
    • ‘But, keep in mind, viewers would have to give their permission first.’
    • ‘We've all heard of cases where people who should have got planning permission have been refused.’
    • ‘You need special permission from the authorities to do so.’
    • ‘The article is published with the permission of the publisher.’
    • ‘No adverts or signs are to be erected on the property unless prior planning permission is granted.’
    • ‘He wants to marry her, but decides to get Dad's permission first.’
    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
    the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the ok, the green light, say-so
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    1. 1.1An official document giving authorization.
      ‘permissions to reproduce copyright material’
      • ‘It permits the manager to grant permissions in material contravention of the development plan.’
      • ‘Questions of permissions, copyright, and submissions are a big job, even for a small webzine.’
      • ‘You might have noticed posting has been very light, and I've changed the permissions on several parts of the site.’
      • ‘The agency should be in charge of investigating companies applying for licences and permissions.’
      • ‘Others even suggest that advocacy organizations have paid women to say they signed permissions under duress.’
      • ‘Also fostering corruption are the hosts of permissions businessmen must obtain to conduct normal operations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What happens when we give authors the ability to grant certain permissions automatically?’
      • ‘We also had to have a huge number of licences and permissions to fish on many different sectors of the river.’
      • ‘That is not our belief, but we are checking the various permissions to ascertain the true position.’
      • ‘Set up your authors and permissions as you would on any other blog.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both permissions have been effectively frozen by the company while the superquarry application is being considered.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the flight team claimed all proper permissions were obtained.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have no idea what kind of permissions are required to quote song lyrics.’
      • ‘It is very difficult to obtain all permissions within a few days.’
      • ‘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).