Meaning of “license” in the English Dictionary

"license" in British English

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licensenoun

/ˈlaɪ.səns/ /ˈlaɪ.səns/

US spelling of licence

licenseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈlaɪ.səns/ us /ˈlaɪ.səns/

(Definition of “license” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"license" in American English

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licensenoun

us /ˈlɑɪ·səns/

license noun (DOCUMENT)

[ C ] an official document that gives you permission to own, do, or use something:

a fishing/export/driver’s license

license noun (FREEDOM)

[ U ] the freedom to break rules or principles, or to change facts, esp. when producing literature or works of art:

licenseverb [ T ]

us /ˈlɑɪ·səns/

license verb [ T ] (HAVE DOCUMENT)

to have an official document that gives you permission to own, do, or use something:

She’s licensed to teach elementary school.

(Definition of “license” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"license" in Business English

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licenseverb [ T ]

uk /ˈlaɪsəns/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)