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LICENSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does license mean? 

LICENSE (noun)
  The noun LICENSE has 4 senses:

1. a legal document giving official permission to do something
2. freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
3. excessive freedom; lack of due restraint
4. the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

  Familiarity information: LICENSE used as a noun is uncommon.


LICENSE (verb)
  The verb LICENSE has 1 sense:

1. authorize officially

  Familiarity information: LICENSE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LICENSE (noun)


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Meaning:

A legal document giving official permission to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

license; permit; licence

Hypernyms ("license" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "license"):

liquor licence; liquor license (a license authorizing the holder to sell alcoholic beverages)

marriage licence; marriage license; wedding licence; wedding license (a license authorizing a man and a woman to marry)

occupation licence; occupation license (a license to pursue a particular occupation)

liberty chit; pass (a permit to enter or leave a military installation)

letter of mark and reprisal; letter of marque; letters of marque (a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation)

learner's permit (a document authorizing the bearer to learn to drive an automobile)

game license; hunting licence; hunting license; hunting permit (a license authorizing the bearer to kill a certain type of animal during a specified period of time)

fishing licence; fishing license; fishing permit (a license authorizing the bearer to fish during a specified period of time)

driver's licence; driver's license; driving licence; driving license (a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle)

building permit (a document authorizing the holder to construct a building of a particular kind on a particular lot)


Sense 2license [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

license; licence

Hypernyms ("license" is a kind of...):

liberty (freedom of choice)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "license"):

poetic license (license used by a writer or artist to heighten the effect of their work)


Sense 3license [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

licence; license

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("license" is a kind of...):

liberty (freedom of choice)


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Meaning:

The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

permission; permit; license

Hypernyms ("license" is a kind of...):

authorisation; authorization; empowerment (the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "license"):

clearance (permission to proceed)

conge (formal permission to depart)

allowance (the act of allowing)

dispensation (an exemption from some rule or obligation)

toleration (official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion))


LICENSE (verb)


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Meaning:

Authorize officially

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

licence; license; certify

Context example:

I am licensed to practice law in this state

Hypernyms (to "license" is one way to...):

authorise; authorize; clear; pass (grant authorization or clearance for)

"License" entails doing...:

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction (give sanction to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "license"):

franchise (grant a franchise to)

charter (grant a charter to)

accredit; recognise; recognize (grant credentials to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


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