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licence or (US) license (ˈlaɪsəns Pronunciation for )



  1. a certificate, tag, document, etc, giving official permission to do something
  2. formal permission or exemption
  3. liberty of action or thought; freedom
  4. intentional disregard of or deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effect   ⇒ poetic licence
  5. excessive freedom
  6. licentiousness

Word Origin

C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin licentia permission, from Latin: freedom, from licet it is allowed

Translations for 'licence'

  • British English: licencePronunciation for licence A licence is an official document which gives you permission to do, use, or own something....his pilot's licence.ˈlaɪsəns NOUN
  • Arabic: رُخْصَةٌPronunciation for رُخْصَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: licençaPronunciation for licença
  • Chinese: 执照Pronunciation for 执照
  • Croatian: dozvolaPronunciation for dozvola
  • Czech: povoleníPronunciation for povolení
  • Danish: tilladelsePronunciation for tilladelse
  • Dutch: vergunningPronunciation for vergunning
  • European Spanish: licenciaPronunciation for licencia
  • Finnish: lupaPronunciation for lupatodistus, toimilupa
  • French: permisPronunciation for permis
  • German: LizenzPronunciation for Lizenz
  • Greek: άδειαPronunciation for άδειαέγκριση
  • Italian: licenzaPronunciation for licenza
  • Japanese: 免許Pronunciation for 免許
  • Korean: 면허Pronunciation for 면허
  • Norwegian: tillatelsePronunciation for tillatelse
  • Polish: licencjaPronunciation for licencja
  • Portuguese: licençaPronunciation for licença
  • Romanian: licență licențe
  • Russian: разрешениеPronunciation for разрешение
  • Spanish: licenciaPronunciation for licencia
  • Swedish: licensPronunciation for licens
  • Thai: ใบอนุญาตPronunciation for ใบอนุญาต
  • Turkish: ehliyetPronunciation for ehliyet
  • Ukrainian: ліцензія
  • Vietnamese: giấy phépPronunciation for giấy phép

Example Sentences Including 'licence'

Consumers will probably be charged a one-time fee, similar to the cost of renting a video, for a licence to watch the movie for a set time.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Designs by S&P Architects were used for planning application purposes on "special licence " in advance of any contractual commitments.
Irish Times (2002)
He said the level of licence evasion at 11 per cent would also add to the current shortfall.
Irish Times (2002)
Instead of a conductor's licence he got a brisk interrogation by the assistant commissioner.
Christy Campbell FENIAN FIRE: The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria (2002)
One more word out of you and you'll find yourself fighting for your licence at City Hall.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
One-off events, such as concerts, require a public entertainment licence , again to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Scientists in the UK are applying for a licence to create human embryos with three genetic parents.
New Scientist (2004)
The driver's licence said that the bearer was one Jean Michelet, a Gaspé resident, profession truck driver.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
The sight of him, notebook in hand like some smug traffic cop taking licence numbers at a red light junction, made me very cross.
Malcolm, John The Gwen John Sculpture


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