Meaning of “permission” in the English Dictionary

"permission" in British English

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permissionnoun [ U ]

uk /pəˈmɪʃ.ən/ us /pɚˈmɪʃ.ən/

B1 If someone is given permission to do something, they are allowed to do it:

[ + to infinitive ] You will need permission from your parents to go on the trip.
Official permission has been granted for more building near the river.
The authorities have refused permission for the demonstration to take place.
UK Planning permission was refused for the proposed superstore.
US Zoning permission was refused for the proposed superstore.

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  • Has the director given you permission to do that?
  • We've received permission to go ahead with the music festival in spite of opposition from local residents.
  • You'll pay some hefty bank charges if you go overdrawn without permission.
  • The local council refused him planning permission to build an extra bedroom.
  • You have to ask permission to leave.

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

"permission" in American English

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permissionnoun [ U ]

us /pərˈmɪʃ·ən/

the act of allowing someone to do something, or of allowing something to happen:

Parents have to give their permission for their children to go on school trips.
[ + to infinitive ] We had to get permission (= approval) from the city to build an extension to our house.
adjective us /pərˈmɪs·ə·bəl/

It is no longer permissible for athletic programs in universities to give a lot more money for men’s sports than for women’s sports.

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

"permission" in Business English

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uk /pəˈmɪʃən/ us

[ U ] the act of allowing something to happen, or allowing someone to do something:

permission for sth The EU has already granted its permission for the deal to go through.
permission to do sth We did get permission to hire more staff.
They did the work without permission and without an official budget.
Don't give permission to websites to install programs or files on your PC.
ask for/seek/request permission Today's court case is to seek permission to convene meetings with shareholders.
get/obtain/receive permission You must obtain permission from the Inland Revenue before going abroad.
grant/deny/refuse permission The Council has decided to refuse permission for the development to go ahead.

[ C, often plural ] LAW an official document allowing someone to do something:

All the necessary permissions are in place.

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