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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)


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.


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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