Definition of permission noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈmɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈmɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of allowing somebody to do something, especially when this is done by somebody in a position of authority permission (for something) You must ask permission for all major expenditure. permission (for somebody/something) (to do something) The school has been refused permission to expand. No official permission has been given for the event to take place. She took the car without permission. poems reprinted by kind permission of the author (formal) With your permission, I'd like to say a few words. Express YourselfAsking for permission/​a favourYou are more likely to get what you want if you can ask for it politely. Here are some ways of asking whether you may do something: Would you mind if I opened the window? Could I possibly borrow your phone? I hate to ask, but could I please borrow your phone?(North American English) Do you happen to have a pair of gloves I could borrow for the evening? Would it be all right if I left five minutes early? Is there any chance that we could stay at your house the night before our flight? Would it be OK to leave my bag here?Responses: Yes, of course. Go ahead. That's fine. I'd rather you didn't, if you don't mind. I'd prefer it if you asked somebody else. If there's someone else you can ask, I'd be grateful.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] an official written statement allowing somebody to do something The publisher is responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions to reproduce illustrations. see also planning permission
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin permissio(n-), from the verb permittere ‘allow’, from per- ‘through’ + mittere ‘send, let go’.Extra examples I did not give permission for anyone to print it or copy it. She was given permission for a three-month visit to Asia. Staff may not leave early without the express permission of the director. The council granted outline permission for the construction of a house on the land. The council refused planning permission for the erection of a block of flats. The illustrations are reproduced by kind permission of the British Library. The information was published with the full permission of Amnesty International. They chopped the trees down without having been granted the necessary permission. You will need to obtain planning permission if you want to extend your house. permission to park He had taken the car without his father’s permission. I asked permission to photograph the house. Of course you can. You don’t need to ask my permission. The portrait is reproduced by kind permission of the artist. The report recommends that all planning permissions for quarrying in national parks should expire in ten years. They applied for permission to put up a temporary structure. They were given permission to enter the building. Who gave permission for this?
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