›[C]LAW, GOVERNMENTan official document from the government, court, etc. that gives you permission to do, have, or own something: a driving/driver's/pilot's licenceThe bank will insist you produce a driving licence or passport as a form of ID.a business/operating licencea gun/firearms licenceIf there is any delay, the licence holder can be fined.grant/issue a licenceThe council granted a licence that allowed the premises to stay open until 3 am.have/hold/get a licenceown/apply for/renew a licencerefuse/suspend/take away a licencea licence expires/runs out → Comparepermitnoun
›[C]LAW, COMMERCE, IT permission given by a company to produce or use something that they have created or that belongs to them: a software/publishing licencelicence for sthA licence for PC network use costs £900.licence to do stha licence to publish the book throughout the world
›[ U]permission or freedom to do what you want: licence to do sthHe thought his position allowed him licence to be rude.
licence to print moneyusually disapproving›a situation in which a person or organization is given the permission or opportunity to become very rich without much effort: Healthcare should not be seen as a licence to print money for the private sector.
under licence›LAW, COMMERCEwith permission from the person or company who has created a product: It can appoint a foreign company to manufacture its product under licence.