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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 artunder 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.
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