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[ lahy-suh ns ]
/ ˈlaɪ səns /


verb (used with object), li·censed, li·cens·ing.

to grant authoritative permission or license to.


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Nearby words

libya, libyan, libyan desert, lice, licence, license, license plate, licensed, licensed aircraft engineer, licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse

Origin of license

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
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British Dictionary definitions for licensable


/ (ˈlaɪsəns) /

verb (tr)

to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
to give permission to or for
Derived Formslicensable, adjectivelicenser or licensor, noun
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Word Origin and History for licensable


see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

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