per·​mis·​sion | \ pər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce permission (audio) \

Definition of permission

1 : the act of permitting
2 : formal consent : authorization

Examples of permission in a Sentence

They got permission from the city to build an apartment complex. The teacher gave me her permission to go home early.
Recent Examples on the Web Drexel traveled to Myrtle Beach from her parents' home in the Rochester, New York, area in April 2009, despite her mother denying her permission to go, Melissa Drexel told ABC News. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 19 May 2022 If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too, with their permission. CBS News, 16 May 2022 Lastly, Experian CreditLock is a feature that will enable you to lock your Experian report so that no one can access it without your permission. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 There are also references that paint Williams as the leader of the YSL gang, as two associates discussed how to obtain his permission to attempt to murder rapper YFN Lucci while he was incarcerated. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 11 May 2022 Do not take pictures of people in the crowed without their permission. Glamour, 11 May 2022 Nike sued StockX for selling NFTs — non-fungible tokens — of Nike sneakers without its permission, claiming the marketplace is capitalizing on the brand. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 In Minnesota last month, a mother said her 12-year-old son's teacher cut his Afro without her permission. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 7 May 2022 Identity theft is the use of your personal information or financial information without your permission. Yec, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of permission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for permission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin permission-, permissio, from permittere

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26 May 2022

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“Permission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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per·​mis·​sion | \ pər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce permission (audio) \

Kids Definition of permission

: the approval of a person in authority I have permission to leave early.

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