permission

noun
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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Advertising Officials said earlier that the owners of the complex sought permission from the Capital Development Authority in 1996 to construct an 18-story complex but later raised it illegally. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh police arrest building owners over fatal blaze," 31 Mar. 2019 If enacted, companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet likely would have to pay European artists more and do more to keep work that appears online from being used without permission. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "EU parliament backs copyright bill targeting US tech giants," 27 Mar. 2019 The Bachelorette is seeking permission from Newport City Council to film in Newport. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Will 'The Bachelorette' Film In 2019? You Won't Wait Long," 12 Mar. 2019 All materials herein are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of ASC Services II Media, LLC. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 Wilson lobbied — unsuccessfully — for a rule requiring parents to give written permission for their child to participate in the family life education curriculum. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "In Fairfax, a lesson on why words matter, especially in sexual health class," 23 June 2018 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

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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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permission

noun

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

permission

noun
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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