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.

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And because of its therapeutic value, social workers get permission for children who must testify in court to bring their Thinking Putty with them. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Limitless Uses of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty," 26 Dec. 2018 The companies have to get permission from the California Public Utilities Commission, however, to issue bonds. Rebecca Smith, WSJ, "California Girds for Higher Power Prices From PG&E After Fires," 13 Dec. 2018 Three years ago, Becchina reached out to DeMoss to get permission to use Blair's story. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Celebratory gunfire is illegal in KC. Yet every July 4th, stray bullets hit someone," 2 July 2018 Kentucky was the first state to get permission to impose new rules, which were scheduled to take effect Sunday in a northern Kentucky suburb of Cincinnati. NBC News, "Nearly 500,000 in Kentucky losing vision, dental coverage following Medicaid ruling," 2 July 2018 The Act requires local governments to get permission from the state before removing or renaming monuments constructed more than 40 years ago. Anne Branigin, The Root, "It's 2018 and These Trash Bags Are Still Erecting Confederate Monuments," 1 July 2018 Except in emergency situations, child welfare workers will no longer be able to remove a child from her home to protect against abuse or neglect without first getting a court's permission. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "'Another set of eyes': New system is a check on DCS child removals," 1 July 2018 Cruz got permission from Broward Judge Melinda Brown to move to Staunton, Va., to serve out his probation and try to start a new life. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Zachary Cruz, brother of the Parkland shooter, launches an anti-bullying program and hotline," 14 June 2018 There's no news yet as to when construction will start or when the loop will officially open, as the company needs to figure out where the system will go—and then get permission to put it there. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "O’Hare May Get an Underground, High-Speed Rail to the City, Thanks to Elon Musk," 14 June 2018

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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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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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