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a. Official or legal permission to engage in a regulated activity: "He believed that the subcommittee gave him license to interrogate anyone about any possible links to communism" (Donald A. Ritchie). See Synonyms at permission.
b. A document, card, plate, or tag that is issued as proof of official or legal permission: a driver's license.
c. A contract allowing someone to use a proprietary product or service: has a site license for that software.
a. Freedom of action or permission to act: "Doctors labeled many of the organs of the immune system 'functionless' ... giving surgeons license to remove them with abandon" (Andrew Weil).
b. Poetic license.
a. Lack of due restraint; excessive freedom: "It is important to preserve freedom only for people who are willing to practice self-denial, for otherwise freedom degenerates into license and irresponsibility" (Milton Friedman).
b. Heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior, especially with regard to sex: "noir stories of the consequences of sexual license" (Foster Hirsch).
c. An excuse or justification to do something wrong: people who see low-fat labels as a license to eat larger amounts.
tr.v. li·censed, li·cens·ing, li·cens·es
1. To give or yield permission to or for: "Deep down I wondered what licensed me to speak" (Jan Clausen).
2. To grant a license to or for; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.

[Middle English licence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin licentia, authorization, from Latin, freedom, from licēns, licent-, present participle of licēre, to be permitted.]

li′cens·a·ble adj.
li′cens·er, li′cen·sor′ (-sən-sôr′) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.licenser - an official who can issue a license or give authoritative permission (especially one who licenses publications)
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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, licensor
nLizenzgeber(in) m(f), → Konzessionserteiler(in) m(f)
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Hinting that further international expansion may be on the agenda, Frost said that where appropriate and within the bounds of their agreement with licenser Spinneys in Lebanon, they would look to establish new locations outside the UAE.
The conference sessions witnessed the accompanying exhibition on consecutive days, the participation of many oil research centers of the national oil companies in the Gulf and international region with active participation from a number of major international companies and its licensors (Licenser) in the area of catalytic materials and processes of the hydrogen treatment of oil residues and companies from the Gulf Cooperation Council member States represented in the Saudi Aramco and Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and other firms.
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Stan Knez, the president of Stone & Webster a process technology business acquired by Technip in 2012, says: As the largest ethylene licenser and contractor, Technip is pleased that our furnace technology was selected for this important ethylene expansion project.
Deciding the Duck athletics brand is worth much more than the Athletics Department was getting from its multimedia licenser, the University of Oregon reopened negotiations in the middle of its 10-year contract - and scored.