Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “licence”

licence

noun uk UK (US license)   /ˈlaɪ.səns/ us  
A2 [C] an official document that gives you permission to own, do, or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test: a dog licence a driving licence (US driver's license) a TV licence [S or U] formal permission or freedom to do what you want: As parents, they allowed their children very little licence. [+ to infinitive] He was given licence to reform the organization. artistic/poetic licence the freedom of artists, writers, etc. to change the facts of the real world when producing art under licence with special permission from the person or company who has created a product: It's a German product, made under licence in British factories.
(Definition of licence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of licence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “licence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More