What does License mean?

Definitions for Licenseˈlaɪ səns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word License.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. license, licence, permit(noun)

    a legal document giving official permission to do something

  2. license, licence(noun)

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

  3. license, licence(noun)

    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

  4. license, permission, permit(verb)

    the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

  5. license, licence, certify(verb)

    authorize officially

    "I am licensed to practice law in this state"


  1. license(Noun)

    A legal document giving official permission to do something; a permit.

  2. license(Noun)

    The legal terms under which a person is allowed to use a product, especially software.

    Even if you bought this product, it does NOT belong to you. You have a license to use it under the terms of this agreement, until you breach this agreement.

  3. license(Noun)

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

  4. license(Noun)

    Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint.

  5. license(Noun)

    An academic degree, the holder of which is called a licentiate, ranking slightly below doctorate, awarded by certain European and Latin-American universities.

  6. license(Verb)

    The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization.

    It was decided to license Wikipedia under the GFDL.

  7. license(Verb)

    Authorize officially.

    I am licensed to practice law in this state.

  8. Origin: From licence, from licentia, from licens, present participle of licere; compare linquere, λείπω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. License(noun)

    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 liquors

  2. License(noun)

    the document granting such permission

  3. License(noun)

    excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety

  4. License(noun)

    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

  5. License(verb)

    to permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. License

    Licence, lī′sens, n. a being allowed: leave: grant of permission, as for manufacturing a patented article or for the sale of intoxicants: the document by which authority is conferred: excess or abuse of freedom: a departure from rules or standards in art or literature.—v.t. Lī′cense, to grant license to: to authorise or permit.—adj. Lī′censable.—ns. Licensee′, one to whom license is granted; Lī′censer, one who grants license or permission: one authorised to license; Lī′censure, act of licensing; Licen′tiate, among Presbyterians, a person authorised by a Presbytery to preach: on the Continent, an academical dignity, forming the step from the baccalaureate to the doctorate.—adj. Licen′tious, indulging in excessive freedom: given to the indulgence of the animal passions: dissolute.—adv. Licen′tiously.—n. Licen′tiousness.—High license, a mode of regulating the traffic in alcoholic drinks by exacting a comparatively large sum for the privilege of selling such; Special license, license given by the Archbishop of Canterbury permitting the marriage of two specified persons without banns, and at a place and time other than those prescribed by law. [Fr.,—L. licentialicet.]

Anagrams for License »

  1. selenic, silence

  2. Selenic


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of License in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of License in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cicero:

    The freedom of poetic license.

  2. Kim Davis:

    I wouldn’t write them a marriage license.

  3. Elin Schold Davis:

    A license is not given with a lifetime contract.

  4. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Does a red 'Radio Wagon' require an FCC license?

  5. Ricardo Lara:

    No university should have a license to discriminate.

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