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1an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities, e.g., providing a broadcasting service or acting as an agent for a company’s products. a business or service given a franchise to operate. a general title or concept used for creating or marketing a series of products, typically films or television shows:the Harry Potter franchise (chiefly in North America) an ownership structure in professional sports in which a league is limited to a fixed number of teams. North American an authorization given by a league to own a sports team. North American informal a professional sports team. (also franchise player) North American informal a star player on a team.
(usually the franchise
) the right to vote.
the rights of citizenship.
verb [with object]
grant a franchise to (an individual or group). grant a franchise for the sale of (goods) or the operation of (a service):all the catering was franchised out
- (also franchisor /ˌfranCHəˈzôr/) noun