Definition of licence in English:

licence

Line breaks: li|cence
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪs(ə)ns
 
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(US license)

noun

  • 1A permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade (especially in alcoholic drink): a gun licence [as modifier]: a television licence fee
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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
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Formal or official permission to do something: a subsidiary company manufactured cranes under licence from a Norwegian firm
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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.
    Synonyms
    franchise, permission, consent, sanction, warrant, warranty, charter; seal of approval

Phrases

licence to print money

A very lucrative commercial activity, regarded as requiring little effort: people see music publishing as a licence to print money
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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.

Origin

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

Usage

Note that in British English licence is the correct spelling for the noun, and is also an acceptable variant spelling of the verb. In US English both noun and verb are spelled license.

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