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

Definition of permission

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

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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 Scott McAvoy, a City of Dallas code compliance manager, said property owners can give permission to allow graffiti -- just like McGregor did. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "An artists’ community crops up around Dallas’ unofficial graffiti park, and the neighborhood wants to keep them both," 10 Jan. 2020 Another boost in the game: His girlfriend has given him permission to flirt as needed to succeed. Adam Carlson,, "What to Know About Netflix's The Circle: 'A Sassy Big Brother' with a 'Dollop of Catfish'," 1 Jan. 2020 The first data leak exposed customer email addresses, as well as the email addresses of those people who were given permission to view the camera feeds. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Smart camera maker Wyze hit with customer data breach," 30 Dec. 2019 As noted by The Independent, he was reportedly admitted to St Andrews War Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized, and later given permission to fly home to the U.S. on Christmas Eve. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Zac Efron Reportedly Hospitalized With a Bacterial Infection," 30 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors noted that Dassey’s mother gave investigators permission to speak with him, that Dassey agreed as well and that during the interview investigators used only standard techniques such as adopting a sympathetic tone and encouraging honesty. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Wisconsin governor rejects pardon for Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’," 20 Dec. 2019 Greyhound has a policy that prohibits underage riders, though children between the ages of 12 and 16 can board a bus if their legal guardian is present and gives permission. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "‘I am livid': Peoria mom says Greyhound let 14-year-old on bus to Las Vegas unsupervised," 20 Dec. 2019 Unlike men, who seem to avidly discover their own pathways to pleasure through genital self-stimulation, women often have a more difficult time giving themselves permission to figure out exactly what lights up the pleasure pathways in their brains. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Use A Vibrator, According to a Neuroscientist," 15 Dec. 2019 But 5 of every 6 universities refused to provide the records, even though federal law gives them explicit permission to do so. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "Jay Hopson Blake Anderson Rod Reed Charlie Strong Seth Littrell Eric Dooley Rocky Long Craig Schurig Wes Kittley Nick Bobeck Shawn Lutz Terry Bowden Sean Kugler Roman Banks Buzz Peterson Jon Harris Mike Sanford Sr. Clarence McKinney Chuck Priore Terry Sims Matt Viator Mel Tucker Kirby Cannon Larry Kennan Hannah Weiss John Grass Doc Holliday Doug Martin Mitch Stewart Tim Beck Kelvin Sampson Tim Flo," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of permission was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2020

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“Permission.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of permission

: the right or ability to do something that is given by someone who has the power to decide if it will be allowed or permitted


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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