Definition of license in English:

license

Syllabification: li·cense
Pronunciation: /ˈlīsəns
 
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noun

(British licence)
  • 1A permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade (especially in alcoholic beverages): a gun license [as modifier]: vehicle license fees
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    • Virtually no account is taken of the often cruel results of losing one's licence - loss of job, and all that can follow from that.
    • Phantom was a former pirate radio station, which had tried several times to get an official radio licence.
    • All stockings must first be washed in an approved disinfectant and hung on boundary gateposts together with a copy of the official licence.
    Synonyms
    permit, certificate, document, documentation, authorization, warrant; certification, credentials; pass, papers
  • 1.1Formal or official permission to do something: logging is permitted under license from the Forest Service
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    • The method is not permitted in Australia, although permission under licence can be obtained by scientists in the UK.
    • However, they cannot travel without strict permission and license from the King.
    • So far, two ice cream manufacturers have managed to snag the official license for low-carb super-premium ice cream products.
  • 1.2A writer’s or artist’s freedom to deviate from fact or from conventions such as grammar, meter, or perspective, for effect: artistic license
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    • Organizations hoping to discredit him claim he manipulates facts and stretches artistic license.
    • He was a playwright and memoirist who clearly believed in a writer's artistic license to embroider.
    • Okay, so maybe the movie takes a little artistic license with the facts.
    Synonyms
    disregard for the facts, inventiveness, invention, creativity, imagination, fancy, freedom, looseness
  • 1.3Freedom to behave as one wishes, especially in a way that results in excessive or unacceptable behavior: the government was criticized for giving the army too much license
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    • I believe that the Government has taken excessive licence from the views of the select committee.
    • Equally important, it protects freedom from itself, tempering excesses of individual license by postulating a higher moral code.
    • By avoiding the messiness of debate that a real democracy requires, we have given license to the excesses we now bemoan.
    Synonyms
    permission, authority, right, a free hand, leave, authorization, entitlement, privilege, prerogative; liberty, freedom, power, latitude, scope, free rein, carte blanche, a blank check, the go-ahead
  • 1.4 (a license to do something) A reason or excuse to do something wrong or excessive: police say that the lenient sentence is a license to assault
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    • I have been rather busy since my last posting: Tom came back from his stag weekend which sadly was less debauched than he had license to be involved in.
    • The squirearchy does not have some exclusive licence to indulge in barbarism just because grandpa thought slaughter was a sport and the tenants know their place.
    • Giving them free license to print will result in their indiscriminate covering of the entire surface with gadget prints.

verb

(British also licence) [with object] Back to top  
  • 1Grant a license to (someone or something) to permit the use of something or to allow an activity to take place: brokers must be licensed to sell health-related insurance [with object and infinitive]: he ought not to have been licensed to fly a plane (as adjective licensing) a licensing authority
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    • The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 requires a keeper of a dangerous wild animal to be licensed by the local authority and to take out insurance against liability to third parties.
    • Each signed a separate agreement and each agreement provided that the licensor might also occupy the premises or might license others to occupy jointly with the licensees.
    • A vehicle with seven seats or less, like a black cab, was classed as a taxi and had to be licensed by the local authority.
    Synonyms
    permit, allow, authorize, grant/give authority, grant/give permission, grant/give a license; certify, empower, entitle, enable, give approval, let, qualify, sanction
    informal rubber stamp
  • 1.1Authorize the use, performance, or release of (something): the drug is already licensed for human use he was required to delete certain scenes before the film could be licensed for showing
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    • The publishers are trying to get this changed, for until it is there are a number of authors' agents who won't let the publishers license their authors' audiobooks to audible.
    • There were difficulties in obtaining a licence to publish the Dialogue, and soon after it was licensed at Rome the sudden death of Prince Cesi disorganized the Lincean Academy which had intended to publish it.
    • Hypericum perforatum extracts are licensed in continental Europe for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
  • 1.2 dated Give permission to (someone) to do something: [with object and infinitive]: he was licensed to do no more than send a message
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    • At worst it licenses us to hate and abuse those who are different.
    • The friendship licensed him to write love-letters which he could deny were love-letters even as he nudged her into thinking that they were.

Phrases

license to print money

A very lucrative commercial activity, typically one perceived as requiring little effort.
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  • Everyone and his dog now knows that commercial radio is a licence to print money, and they all want quick bucks.
  • And that's kind of a license to print money - particularly if you're also trying to make your service the definitive place to buy the media products themselves…
  • A liquor license on Whyte Avenue is generally known to be a license to print money.

Derivatives

licensable

adjective
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  • Each installation displaces or pre-empts a sale of proprietary, licensable and copyright-protected software.
  • He explains why so many studios are channeling their resources into big, special-effects-driven fantasies with licensable characters and targeted at juvenile audiences.
  • However, after months of development, it is now available as a licensable product, a software solution that Web designers can use in-house to create sites and CD-ROMs that work together seamlessly.

licenser

noun
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  • The licensers are comparable to the Inquisition: they must either claim infallibility or ‘bewitch’ their fellow citizens with Latin phrases.
  • They are using badly forged ID cards in an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of professional DSHS licensers.
  • While guarantees vary, licensers frequently demand about 50% of the sales forecast.

licensor

Pronunciation: /-sər, ˌlīsənˈsôr/
noun
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  • Thus attribution can be to the author, or to another entity, or both, as the licensor specifies.
  • It is argued that proponents of such development methods must engage in policy discussions to limit the exclusionary authority of intellectual property licensors, by ensuring broad user rights to protected works.
  • It's the one place you can see so many licensors.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin licentia 'freedom, licentiousness' (in medieval Latin 'authority, permission'), from licere 'be lawful or permitted'.

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