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1. One who is granted a license by an authorized body to practice a specified profession.
a. A degree from certain European and Canadian universities ranking just below that of a doctor.
b. One holding such a degree.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin licentiātus, from past participle of licentiāre, to allow, from licentia, authorization; see license.]
1. (Law) a person who has received a formal attestation of professional competence to practise a certain profession or teach a certain skill or subject
2. (Education) a degree between that of bachelor and doctor awarded now only by certain chiefly European universities
3. (Education) a person who holds this degree
4. (Christian Churches, other) chiefly Presbyterian Church a person holding a licence to preach
[C15: from Medieval Latin licentiātus, from licentiāre to permit]
li•cen•ti•ate(laɪˈsɛn ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
1. a person who has received a license, as from a university, to practice an art or profession.
2. the holder of a university degree intermediate between that of bachelor and that of doctor, now confined chiefly to certain continental European universities.