Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.more
the most usual and general way of asking permission
a more formal and polite way of asking permission
used when asking permission, for showing you do not want to interrupt or annoy someone
the most usual and general way of giving permission
a more formal and polite way of giving permission
used when you cannot see any reason to prevent someone from doing something
used informally for making someone feel comfortable about doing something
used informally for giving someone permission to have or use something, especially food or drink
used for giving someone permission to do something, even though you do not really want them to do it
This is the British English definition of permission. View American English definition of permission.
a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sunBuzzWord Article
a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the likeadd a word
A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.global English and language change from our blog