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English noun: license

1. license (communication) a legal document giving official permission to do something


Synonymslicence, permit


Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document


Narrower (hyponym)building permit, driver's licence, driver's license, driving licence, driving license, fishing licence, fishing license, fishing permit, game license, hunting licence, hunting license, hunting permit, learner's permit, letter of mark and reprisal, letter of marque, letters of marque, liberty chit, liquor licence, liquor license, marriage licence, marriage license, occupation licence, occupation license, pass, wedding licence, wedding license


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. license (state) freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)


Synonymslicence


Broader (hypernym)liberty


Narrower (hyponym)poetic license

3. license (state) excessive freedom; lack of due restraint


SamplesWhen liberty becomes license dictatorship is near.
The intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum.


Synonymslicence


Broader (hypernym)liberty

4. license (act) the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization


Synonymspermission, permit


Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authorization, empowerment


Narrower (hyponym)allowance, clearance, conge, congee, dispensation, toleration


English verb: license

1. license (social) authorize officially


SamplesI am licensed to practice law in this state.


Synonymscertify, licence


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, clear, pass


Narrower (hyponym)accredit, charter, franchise, recognise, recognize


Entailapprove, O.K., okay, sanction


Antonymsdecertify, derecognise, derecognize









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