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English definition of “license”

license

verb [T]     /ˈlaɪsəns/
LAW, GOVERNMENT to give someone official permission to do or have something: license sb to do sth The government is now prepared to license companies to award their own degrees .
LAW, COMMERCE, IT to give someone permission to make, produce , or use something that you have created or that belongs to you: license sth to sb It would create an opportunity for type designers to license fonts to specific websites .
LAW, COMMERCE, IT to get permission to make, produce , or use something that has been created by or belongs to another person or company , usually by paying for it: license sth from sb The TV company is seeking to license content from providers in every language .
(Definition of license verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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