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"licence" in British English

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licencenoun

UK (US license) uk   /ˈlaɪ.səns/  us   /ˈlaɪ.səns/
A2 [C] an ​officialdocument that gives you ​permission to own, do, or use something, usually after you have ​paidmoney 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 allowedtheirchildren very little licence. [+ to infinitive] He was given licence toreform the ​organization.
artistic/poetic licence
the ​freedom of ​artists, ​writers, etc. to ​change the ​facts of the ​realworld when ​producingart
under licence
with ​specialpermission from the ​person or ​company who has ​created a ​product: It's a ​Germanproduct, made under licence in British ​factories.

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(Definition of licence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"licence" in Business English

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licencenoun

uk   us   /ˈlaɪsəns/ UK ( US license)
[C] LAW, GOVERNMENT an ​officialdocument from the ​government, ​court, etc. that gives you ​permission to do, have, or own something: a driving/driver's/pilot's licence The ​bank will insist you ​produce a ​driving licence or ​passport as a ​form of ID. a business/​operating licence a gun/firearms licence If there is any delay, the licence ​holder can be ​fined.grant/issue a licence The ​councilgranted a licence that ​allowed the ​premises to ​stayopen until 3 am. have/​hold/get a licence own/​apply for/​renew a licence refuse/​suspend/take away a licence a licence ​expires/​runs out
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[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 sth A licence for PC ​network use ​costs £900.licence to do sth a licence to ​publish the ​book throughout the ​world
[ U] permission or freedom to do what you want: licence to do sth He ​thought his ​position allowed him licence to be rude.
licence to print money usually 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 ​printmoney for the ​privatesector.
under licence
LAW, COMMERCE with ​permission from the ​person or ​company who has ​created a ​product: It can ​appoint a ​foreigncompany to ​manufacture its ​product under licence.
(Definition of licence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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