Meaning of “consent” in the English Dictionary

"consent" in British English

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consentnoun [ U ]

uk /kənˈsent/ us /kənˈsent/

C1 permission or agreement:

They can't publish your name without your consent.
You can only come on the trip if your parents give their consent.
by common consent

most people agree:

Her latest novel, by common consent, is her best yet.

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consentverb [ I ]

uk /kənˈsent/ us /kənˈsent/ formal

C2 to agree to do something, or to allow someone to do something:

[ + to infinitive ] Very reluctantly, I've consented to lend her my car.
My aunt never married because her father wouldn't consent to her marriage.

(Definition of “consent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consent" in American English

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consentnoun [ U ]

us /kənˈsent/

permission or agreement obtained from someone or something having authority or power:

I asked to leave the room, and the teacher gave his consent.

consentverb [ I ]

us /kənˈsent/

to give permission:

[ + to infinitive ] The director consented to change the ending of the movie.

(Definition of “consent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consent" in Business English

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consentnoun [ U ]

uk /kənˈsent/ us

legal or official permission to do something:

The sale of any assets will require the consent of all the parties concerned.
with/without (sb's) consent Your terms of employment cannot be changed without your consent.
written/prior consent For certain types of business purchase, you may require the prior consent of an industry regulator
give/grant consent to/for sth Clients must sign financial-disclosure forms giving consent for "further verification".
seek/apply for/obtain (sb's) consent Frequently, for smaller contracts, builders do not formally obtain consent.

agreement between two or more people or groups:

by mutual consent In a statement, CSR said their chief executive was leaving by mutual consent.
by common consent This was, by common consent, the worst recession for decades.

consentverb [ I ]

uk /kənˈsent/ us

to give official permission or agreement for something to happen:

consent to sth Pressure is being put on shareholders to consent to the takeover.

(Definition of “consent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)