[ lahy-suh ns ]
/ ˈlaɪ səns /


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

to grant authoritative permission or license to.

Nearby words

  1. libya,
  2. libyan,
  3. libyan desert,
  4. lice,
  5. licence,
  6. license plate,
  7. licensed,
  8. licensed aircraft engineer,
  9. licensed practical nurse,
  10. 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

Related forms
Can be confusedcertificate degree diploma license Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for license


/ (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 license


see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

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