[ per-mish-uhn ]
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  1. authorization granted to do something; formal consent: to ask permission to leave the room.

  2. the act of permitting.

Origin of permission

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin permissiōn-, stem of permissiō “a yielding, giving leave,” from permiss(us) “given leave” (past participle of permittere “to let go through, give leave”; see permit1) + -iō -ion

Other words for permission

Opposites for permission

Other words from permission

  • per·mis·sioned, adjective
  • per·mis·so·ry [per-mis-uh-ree], /pərˈmɪs ə ri/, adjective
  • non·per·mis·sion, noun
  • self-per·mis·sion, noun

Words that may be confused with permission

Words Nearby permission Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use permission in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for permission


/ (pəˈmɪʃən) /

  1. authorization to do something

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