license

[lahy-suh ns]

noun

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

to grant authoritative permission or license to.

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 formsli·cens·a·ble, adjectiveli·cense·less, adjectiveli·cens·er; especially Law, li·cen·sor, nounde-li·cense, verb (used with object), de-li·censed, de-li·cens·ing.non·li·cens·a·ble, adjectivenon·li·censed, adjectivepre·li·cense, noun, verb (used with object), pre·li·censed, pre·li·cens·ing.re·li·cense, verb (used with object), re·li·censed, re·li·cens·ing.
Can be confusedcertificate degree diploma license
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Related Words for licensed

accredited, approved, permitted, certified, allowed

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British Dictionary definitions for licensed

license

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 licensed

license

see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

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