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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'

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
One more word out of you and you'll find yourself fighting for your licence at City Hall.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
The driver's licence said that the bearer was one Jean Michelet, a Gaspé resident, profession truck driver.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives


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