(also British English, less frequent licence) to give somebody official permission to do, own, or use something license something The new drug has not yet been licensed in the US. (British English) licensing hours (= the times when alcohol can be sold at a pub, etc.) license somebody/something to do something They had licensed the firm to produce the drug. Word Origin late Middle English: from licence. The spelling -se arose by analogy with pairs such as practice, practise.Extra examples Several companies are licensed to put the logo on their products. The company plans to license the technology to others. The drug is not licensed for long-term use. The hotel is licensed to sell alcohol. There are 35 landfill sites licensed to receive hazardous waste.
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BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsns//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they license
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsns//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsns//he / she / it licenses
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsnsɪz//past simple licensed
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsnst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsnst//past participle licensed
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsnst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsnst//-ing form licensing
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪsnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪsnsɪŋ//