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license

[lahy-suh ns] /ˈlaɪ səns/
noun
1.
formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
2.
a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit:
a driver's license.
3.
permission to do or not to do something.
4.
intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect:
poetic license.
5.
exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
6.
excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
8.
the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
verb (used with object), licensed, licensing.
9.
to grant authoritative permission or license to.
Origin of license
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English licence < Middle French < Medieval Latin licentia authorization, Latin: freedom, equivalent to licent- (stem of licēns, present participle of licēre to be allowed) + -ia -ia; see -ence
Related forms
licensable, adjective
licenseless, adjective
licenser; especially Law, licensor, noun
de-license, verb (used with object), de-licensed, de-licensing.
nonlicensable, adjective
nonlicensed, adjective
prelicense, noun, verb (used with object), prelicensed, prelicensing.
relicense, verb (used with object), relicensed, relicensing.
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license.
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  • But the license is actually got: the parson is provided: the pedant Brand is the man.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His license as pastor of the Baptist chapel at Bedford was issued on the 9th.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • And to some extent, every one, a poet be he or a cobbler, enjoys such a license.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He ain't got any license to run a mile with a leg like that!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • I love liberty myself, but it mustn't degenerate into license.

British Dictionary definitions for license

license

/ˈlaɪsəns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
2.
to give permission to or for
Derived Forms
licensable, adjective
licenser, licensor, noun
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Word Origin and History for license

see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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