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 Even a teammate can’t enter another teammate’s hotel room without express permission. Globe Staff,, "MLB to require players, staff to wear electronic tracers as part of COVID-19 protocols in 2021," 9 Feb. 2021 Zangrillo sought permission to travel to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum for 10 days of business meetings last November. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Fingerpointing, outrage after Trump pardons USC father in college admission scandal," 21 Jan. 2021 As proprietor of Wright Mind LLC and would-be operator of a progressive community center in the former Latter-day Saint chapel, Wright has now sought emergency permission at City Hall to tear down the historic structure. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Owner seeks to demolish historic LDS meetinghouse. West-siders aren’t thrilled.," 17 Jan. 2021 His body was rushed to the same hospital where Eva Baisey lay dying, as the transplant coordinator sought permission from Mark's parents to donate their son's still beating heart. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "Murder-suicide leads to history-making heart transplant, new life for DC woman," 26 Dec. 2020 Originally in adjacent rooms, the couple was so worried about one another that a nurse sought permission to treat them both in the same room, a rarity in the ICU. Caralyn Ryan And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "A couple, married 50 years, die just hours apart from Covid-19," 7 Dec. 2020 Even though safety concerns scuttled the USDA’s previous attempt to raise speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175, in 2018 the agency started granting one-off waivers to individual plants that sought permission to run faster. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20," 25 Nov. 2020 Her proposal sought permission to sell alcohol with an outside dining area and outdoor speakers. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds say father-daughter team who promised new Grapevine restaurant delivered fraud," 15 Nov. 2020 Despite his health problems, Brockman successfully sought court permission to travel while awaiting trial to several parts of the U.S. to consult with his attorneys and conduct business. David Voreacos,, "Mogul in Record Tax-Fraud Case to Seek Competency Evaluation," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Permission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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