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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The Chargers reportedly put contract extension negotiations between the team and Gordon on pause on Monday–just one day after the team granted Gordon permission to seek a trade–until the season's end. Emily Caron,, "Sources: Eagles Inquire About Melvin Gordon, Offer Jordan Howard," 4 Sep. 2019 Once the 49ers granted permission for Scangarello to interview with the Broncos, the process moved quickly. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos OC Rich Scangarello putting new twist on familiar-from-years-past offense," 3 Sep. 2019 In another last-minute twist, Doty was granted permission last week to represent himself at trial. Megan Crepeau,, "Getaway driver in slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee pleads guilty to murder charge," 3 Sep. 2019 Sondeep Sankar Excerpted from Rishi Singh and Sondeep Sankar’s Sikh Heritage with permission from Roli Books. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 Gordon, who has one year left on his rookie contract, has since demanded a trade, and the Chargers last week granted his agents permission to seek a deal. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers focus on preparing for opener, not Melvin Gordon’s holdout," 2 Sep. 2019 Haugen was eventually granted permission but had to meet special qualifications and install a gravel pad in order to legally park his house in the city. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Minnesotans still seek affordable housing but are unsure tiny house trend is the answer," 2 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, Apple said if consumers grant permission, only its own employees will be allowed to review audio to help improve the service. CBS News, "Apple apologizes for allowing contractors to listen to Siri recordings," 28 Aug. 2019 The link guides users to a three-prompt questionnaire followed by another link granting permission to share the coupon on the users’ Facebook page, which would allow the access to users’ personal information. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Don’t click: $80 Publix coupon on social media is fake," 10 July 2019

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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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