American English

Definition of license noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an official document that shows that permission has been given to do, own, or use something a driver's license license (for something) a license for the software Is there a license fee? James lost his license for six months (= had his license taken away by the police as a punishment). license (to do something) You need a license to fish in this river. a license holder (= a person who has been given a license) a site license for the new software
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] license (to do something) (formal) freedom to do or say whatever you want, often something bad or unacceptable Lack of punishment seems to give youngsters license to break the law.
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) freedom to behave in a way that is considered sexually immoral
  4. Idioms
    artistic/poetic license
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    the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful
    a license to print money (disapproving)
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    used to describe a business which makes a lot of money with little effort
    under license
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    (of a product) made with the permission of a company or an organization
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: license