Definitions for: License

[n] the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
[n] a legal document giving official permission to do something
[n] freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
[n] excessive freedom; lack of due restraint; "when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near"- Will Durant; "the intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum"- Edmund Burke
[v] authorize officially

Webster (1913) Definition: Li"cense (l[imac]"sens), n. [Written also licence.]
[F. licence, L. licentia, fr. licere to be permitted, prob.
orig., to be left free to one; akin to linquere to leave. See
Loan, and cf. Illicit, Leisure.]
1. Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act;
especially, a formal permission from the proper
authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a
certain business, which without such permission would be
illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach,
to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating

To have a license and a leave at London to dwell.
--P. Plowman.

2. The document granting such permission. --Addison.

3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of
law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.

License they mean when they cry liberty. --Milton.

4. That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which
an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be
permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained;
as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc.

Syn: Leave; liberty; permission.

Li"cense (l[imac]"sens), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Licensed (l[imac]"senst); p. pr. & vb. n. Licensing.]
To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to
license a man to preach. --Milton. Shak.

Synonyms: certify, licence, licence, licence, permission, permit, permit

Antonyms: decertify, derecognise, derecognize

See Also: accredit, allowance, approve, authorisation, authorise, authorization, authorize, building permit, charter, clear, clearance, conge, dispensation, driver's licence, driver's license, driving licence, driving license, empowerment, fishing licence, fishing license, fishing permit, franchise, game license, hunting licence, hunting license, hunting permit, instrument, learner's permit, legal document, legal instrument, letter of mark and reprisal, letter of marque, letters of marque, liberty, liberty chit, liquor licence, liquor license, marriage licence, marriage license, O.K., occupation licence, occupation license, official document, okay, pass, pass, poetic license, recognise, recognize, sanction, toleration, wedding licence, wedding license

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