- formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
- a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.
- permission to do or not to do something.
- intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic license.
- exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
- excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
- the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
- to grant authoritative permission or license to.
Origin of license
Related Words for licensecharter, right, exemption, certificate, grant, consent, immunity, permit, privilege, ticket, warrant, authorization, enable, empower, certify, allow, accredit, okay, self-determination, freedom
Examples from the Web for license
Contemporary Examples of license
You can still get your license at the court—just not actually get married there.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
The young man had the presence of mind to tail Gaylard Williams out of the park and jot down his license plate.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Adding a checkbox to a driver's license and another form would make this easy to implement.
The next step is requiring 40 hours of training prior to license approval.
Did you know that you can purchase and mill 80 percent receivers without a license?What Are We Protecting with Gun Laws?
November 13, 2014
Historical Examples of license
But the license is actually got: the parson is provided: the pedant Brand is the man.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
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
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.The Fortune of the Rougons
- to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
- to give permission to or for
see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.