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English definition of “license”

license

verb [T] uk   /ˈlaɪ.səns/ us  
to give someone official permission to do or have something: [+ to infinitive] Several companies have been licensed to sell these products.
licensed
adjective uk   /-sənst/ us  
a licensed pilot a licensed (= allowed to sell alcohol) restaurant

license

noun
US spelling of licence
(Definition of license from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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