per·​mis·​sion pər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce permission (audio)
: the act of permitting
: 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Permission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


per·​mis·​sion pər-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce permission (audio)
: the act of permitting
: the consent of a person in authority
has permission to leave

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