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"franchise" in British English

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franchisenoun

uk   /ˈfræn.tʃaɪz/  us   /ˈfræn.tʃaɪz/
  • franchise noun (BUSINESS)

[C] a ​right to ​sell a company's ​products in a ​particulararea using the company's ​name: a fast-food franchise a franchise ​holder

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  • franchise noun (FILMS)

[C] a ​series of ​films that have the same or ​similartitles and are about the same ​characters: The next ​instalment in the Star Wars franchise is out ​soon. the "Spiderman" movie franchise

franchiseverb [T]

uk   /ˈfræn.tʃaɪz/  us   /ˈfræn.tʃaɪz/
(Definition of franchise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"franchise" in American English

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franchisenoun

 us   /ˈfræn·tʃɑɪz/
  • franchise noun (BUSINESS)

[C] a ​right to ​sell a company’s ​products in a ​particulararea using the company’s ​name
  • franchise noun (VOTE)

politics & government [U] the ​right to ​vote: Women in the US ​won the franchise in 1920.
(Definition of franchise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"franchise" in Business English

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franchisenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈfræntʃaɪz/ COMMERCE
an ​arrangement in which a ​companysells another ​business the ​right to ​sell its ​products or ​services in ​return for ​payment: The ​bank is ​trying a ​scheme to ​letlocalmanagerswork under franchise. Do buy a franchise with a ​strongbrand.hold/own/have a franchise I don't believe they are a ​fitcompany to ​hold a franchise.win/lose a franchise The ​companywon the franchise to ​sell and ​service the ​luxurycar in the west of Scotland ​area.award/give/grant a franchise The ​company announced that it was not yet ​ready to ​award the franchise to either ​party. a franchise ​agreement/​holder/​fee a franchise ​company/​business/​operation
a ​business that has ​bought the ​right to ​sell the ​products and ​services of another ​company: She ​returned to London where she now ​owns a Body Shop franchise.a rail/fast food/television franchise The most significant ​piece of ​news for the ​company was being ​declaredpreferredbidder for the ​rail franchise.

franchiseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈfræntʃaɪz/ COMMERCE
to ​sell a ​person or ​company the ​right to ​sell the ​products and ​services of your ​company: They made the decision to franchise the ​stores.
(Definition of franchise from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“franchise” in American English

“franchise” in Business English

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