per·​mis·​sion | \pər-ˈmi-shən \

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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However, they were granted permission to add an infinity pool. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In a Struggling Italy, Florence Homes Enjoy a New Renaissance," 28 Nov. 2018 Thanks to the decision of her sister, Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy, to deny her permission to marry her love Peter Townsend (Ben Miles), Margaret is devoid of her signature vibrancy. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby on Why the Right Hair and Lipstick Make the Royal," 17 Sep. 2018 Because of the one-year term of the deal and Ellington's status as a Bird Rights free agent next summer, his contract comes with a no-trade clause, requiring his permission for a move during the 2018-19 season. Ira Winderman,, "Wayne Ellington agrees to return to Miami Heat on one-year deal," 13 July 2018 What’s more alluring than rarely granted permission? Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 But the daughters started selling off property without his permission, according to the lawsuit. Scott Wartman,, "From a Kentucky prison, former judge and convicted sex offender Tim Nolan files suit against his daughters," 12 July 2018 The Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters at a regular news briefing on Tuesday that Ms. Liu had been granted permission to leave for Germany for medical reasons. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "Liu Xia, Detained Widow of Nobel Peace Laureate, Leaves China," 10 July 2018 Some developers have applied for access to Gmail but have not been granted permission, although the company won’t say how many. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Gmail app developers have been reading your emails," 2 July 2018 Fire stations were granted permission to install baby boxes by Senate Enrolled Act 340, which the Indiana General Assembly approved this year. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "First Safe Haven Baby Box in Indianapolis to be installed July 1," 21 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 \

Kids Definition of permission

: the approval of a person in authority I have permission to leave early.

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