license

[ lahy-suhns ]
/ ˈlaɪ səns /

noun

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

to grant authoritative permission or license to.

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Also especially British, li·cence .

Origin of license

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English licence, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin licentia “authorization,” Latin: “freedom,” equivalent to licent- (stem of licēns, present participle of licēre “to be allowed”) + -ia noun suffix; see -ia, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM license

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH license

certificate, degree, diploma, license
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British Dictionary definitions for license

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 forms of license

licensable, adjectivelicenser or licensor, noun
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