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Definition of franchise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

franchise

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they franchise
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪz//
 
he / she / it franchises
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪzɪz//
 
past simple franchised
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
past participle franchised
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪzd//
 
-ing form franchising
BrE BrE//ˈfræntʃaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntʃaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] franchise something (out) (to somebody/something) to give or sell a franchise (1) to somebody Catering has been franchised (out) to a private company. franchised restaurants Word Origin Middle English (denoting a grant of legal immunity): from Old French, based on franc, franche ‘free’, from medieval Latin francus ‘free’. Sense (3) dates from the late 18th cent. and senses (1 and 2) from the 20th cent.
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