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1. The act of permitting, especially in giving formal consent; authorization: Do they have permission to leave?
2. An authorization to do something, as to quote from a book under copyright.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin permissiō, permissiōn-, from permissus, past participle of permittere, to permit; see permit1.]
Synonyms: permission, authorization, consent, leave2, license, sanction
These nouns denote approval for a course of action that an authority has granted: was refused permission to smoke; seeking authorization to begin construction; gave their consent to the marriage; will ask leave to respond to the speaker; was given license to depart; gave sanction to the project.
Antonym: prohibition
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authorization to do something
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(pərˈmɪʃ ən)

1. authorization granted to do something; formal consent: to ask permission to leave the room.
2. the act of permitting.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin permissiō <permitt(ere) to permit1]
per•mis′sioned, adj.
per•mis′so•ry (-ˈmɪs ə ri) adj.
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If someone gives you permission to do something, they say they will allow you to do it.

My parents gave me permission to go.
You can't do it without permission.

Permission is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'permissions' or 'a permission'.

When you ask for permission to do something and are given it, you say that you get or, in more formal English, obtain permission to do it.

She got permission to leave early.
The school has obtained permission to build a new science block.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'take'. Don't say, for example, 'She took permission to leave early'.

When you have been given permission to do something, you say that you have or have got permission to do it.

Students don't have permission to leave the school grounds at lunchtime.
You can only copy these documents if you've got permission.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.permission - approval to do something; "he asked permission to leave"
authorisation, authorization, sanction, authority - official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
all clear - permission to proceed because obstacles have been removed
consent - permission to do something; "he indicated his consent"
dismissal - permission to go; the sending away of someone
green light - permission to proceed with a project or to take action; "the gave the green light for construction to begin"
leave - permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak"
laissez passer, pass - a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes"
passport, pass - any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
2.permission - the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
clearance - permission to proceed; "the plane was given clearance to land"
conge, congee - formal permission to depart; "he gave me his conge"
allowance - the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room"
dispensation - an exemption from some rule or obligation
toleration - official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
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The approving of an action, especially when done by one in authority:
Informal: OK.
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إِذْنٌسَماح، إذْن
tilladelselov til
leyfi, heimild
sự cho phép


[pəˈmɪʃən] Npermiso m
no permission is neededno hay que pedir permiso
I'd like your permission to go ahead with the dealme gustaría que me diera permiso or su autorización para seguir adelante con el trato
to ask (sb's) permission to do sthpedir permiso (a algn) para hacer algo
by kind permission of Pérez Ltdcon el permiso amablemente concedido por Pérez, S. A.
"reprinted by permission of the publisher"reimprimido con permiso or autorización de la editorial
to get permission from sb (to do sth)obtener permiso de algn (para hacer algo)
to give or grant permission (for sth)dar or conceder permiso (para algo)
to give or grant sb permission (to do sth)dar permiso a algn (para hacer algo)
you have my permission to use the cartienes mi permiso para utilizar el coche
could I have permission to leave early?¿podría salir antes?
his widow was refused permission to live in Britaina su viuda se le negó el permiso de residencia en Gran Bretaña
to seek permission (from sb) to do sthpedir permiso (a algn) para hacer algo
with your permissioncon su permiso
he borrowed my car/left the country without permissionse llevó mi coche/se marchó del país sin permiso
see also planning B
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[pərˈmɪʃən] npermission f
Could I have permission to leave early? → Pourrais-je avoir la permission de partir plus tôt?
to ask for permission to do sth → demander la permission de faire qch
to get permission to do sth → obtenir la permission de faire qch
to give sb permission to do sth → donner à qn la permission de faire qch
to be given permission to do sth (= official authorization) → être autorisé à faire qch
to refuse permission for sth → refuser d'autoriser qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


nErlaubnis f; with your permissionmit Ihrer Erlaubnis, wenn Sie gestatten; without permission from somebodyohne jds Erlaubnis; to do something with/by somebody’s permissionetw mit jds Erlaubnis tun; to get permissioneine Erlaubnis erhalten; to get somebody’s permissionjds Erlaubnis erhalten; to give permission (for something)etw erlauben, die Erlaubnis (für etw) erteilen; to give somebody permission (to do something)jdm die Erlaubnis geben or jdm erlauben(, etw zu tun); you have my permission to leaveSie haben meine Erlaubnis zu gehen; no permission is neededeine Erlaubnis ist nicht erforderlich; to ask somebody’s permission, to ask permission of somebodyjdn um Erlaubnis bitten; to ask permission for somebody to do somethingum Erlaubnis bitten, dass jd etw tun darf; “by (kind) permission of …”„mit (freundlicher) Genehmigung (+gen)…“
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[pəˈmɪʃn] npermesso; (official) → autorizzazione f
with your permission → se mi permette, con il suo permesso
to give sb permission to do sth → dare a qn il permesso di fare qc
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(pəˈmit) past tense, past participle perˈmitted verb
1. to agree to (another person's action); to allow or let (someone do something). Permit me to answer your question; Smoking is not permitted.
2. to make possible. My aunt's legacy permitted me to go to America.
(ˈpəːmit) noun
a written order allowing a person to do something. We have a permit to export our product.
permission (pəˈmiʃən) noun
a written, spoken etc agreement that someone may do something. She gave me permission to leave.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


إِذْنٌ souhlas tilladelse Erlaubnis συγκατάθεση permiso lupa permission dozvola permesso 許可 허락 toestemming tillatelse pozwolenie autorização, permissão разрешение tillstånd การอนุญาต izin sự cho phép 许可
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n permiso
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References in classic literature ?
"Give me leave, senora, to obtain the permission I speak of," returned Don Quixote; "and if I get it, it will matter very little if he is in the other world; for I will rescue him thence in spite of all the same world can do; or at any rate I will give you such a revenge over those who shall have sent him there that you will be more than moderately satisfied;" and without saying anything more he went and knelt before Dorothea, requesting her Highness in knightly and errant phrase to be pleased to grant him permission to aid and succour the castellan of that castle, who now stood in grievous jeopardy.
only it would be very kind if you would take the trouble to write to the king to whom I belong, and solicit his majesty's permission for me to marry Mademoiselle de la Valliere."
It is ten o'clock, and with your permission, lieutenant, I will turn in."
The first thing in the morning I sent a polite note to Gentleman Jones, informing him that I had abandoned all idea of exhibiting his likeness to the public in my series of prints, and giving him full permission to inspect every design I made before it went out of the prison.
In this volume I have used portions of letters which I wrote for the Daily Alta California, of San Francisco, the proprietors of that journal having waived their rights and given me the necessary permission. I have also inserted portions of several letters written for the New York Tribune and the New York Herald.
The result was that the Historian begged so hard to be told the latest news of Oz, so that he could write it down for the children to read, that Dorothy asked permission of Ozma and Ozma graciously consented.
That, immediately, on a signal, the prisoner was removed to the interior of the prison again; but, that he, the Doctor, had then so strongly pleaded for permission to remain and assure himself that his son-in-law was, through no malice or mischance, delivered to the concourse whose murderous yells outside the gate had often drowned the proceedings, that he had obtained the permission, and had remained in that Hall of Blood until the danger was over.
"Captain," said the doctor, "with your permission, that's Silver.
The following morning at breakfast, Werper announced his intention of making an early departure, and asked Tarzan's permission to hunt big game in the Waziri country on his way out--permission which Lord Greystoke readily granted.
"He entreats for permission to stop here for minute."
One sunny afternoon in school, Cecily and Kitty Marr asked and received permission to sit out on the side bench before the open window, where the cool breeze swept in from the green fields beyond.
Having admitted this, may I count on receiving your permission to explain the motive of my visit?"