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licensenoun

 us   /ˈlɑɪ·səns/
  • license noun (DOCUMENT)

[C] an ​officialdocument that gives you ​permission to own, do, or use something: a ​fishing/​export/driver’s license
  • license noun (FREEDOM)

[U] the ​freedom to ​breakrules or ​principles, or to ​changefacts, esp. when ​producingliterature or ​works of ​art: poetic/​artistic license

licenseverb [T]

 us   /ˈlɑɪ·səns/
  • license verb [T] (HAVE DOCUMENT)

to have an ​officialdocument that gives you ​permission to own, do, or use something: She’s licensed to ​teachelementaryschool.
(Definition of license from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"license" in British English

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licensenoun

USspelling of licence

licenseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈlaɪ.səns/
(Definition of license from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"license" in Business English

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licenseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈlaɪsəns/
LAW, GOVERNMENT to give someone ​officialpermission 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 ​typedesigners to license ​fonts to ​specificwebsites.
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)
Translations of “license”
in Arabic يُرَخِّص…
in Korean 면허를 주다…
in Portuguese autorizar…
in Catalan autoritzar…
in Japanese ~を許可する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 许可,授权,特许…
in Turkish izin/ruhsat/yetki vermek…
in Russian давать разрешение, лицензию…
in Chinese (Traditional) 許可,授權,特許…
in Italian permettere, autorizzare…
in Polish udzielać zezwolenia…
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