license
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈlaɪsəns/
Noun

license

  1. A legal document giving official permission to do something; a permit.
  2. The legal terms under which a person is allowed to use a product, especially software.
  3. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behaviour or speech).
  4. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint.
    • 1936, Will Durant and Ariel Durant, The Story of Civilization, page 520:
      When liberty becomes license dictatorship is near.
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license (licenses, present participle licensing; past and past participle licensed)

  1. The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization.
    It was decided to license Wikipedia under the GFDL.
  2. Authorize officially.
    I am licensed to practice law in this state.
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