W2S3 BrE license AmE [ˈlaısəns] n
4 artistic/poetic licence
6 licence to print money
1.) ¦(DOCUMENT)¦
an official document giving you permission to own or do something for a period of time
The dealers applied for an export licence.
He was arrested for driving without a license .
The Tennessee Valley Authority applied for a license to operate the facility.
The owner of land could grant a licence to cut and remove timber.
I forgot to renew my licence.
Persistent offenders face losing their licence .
2.) ¦(AGREEMENT)¦ [U and C]
an agreement with a company or organization giving permission to make, sell or use their product
under licence
Guinness is brewed under licence in South Africa.
single-user/10-user/site licence
(=permission for computer software to be used by a certain number of people or in a certain place only)
a licence agreement
3.) ¦(FREEDOM)¦[U]
freedom to do or say what you think is best
Headteachers should be allowed greater licence in the exercise of their power.
4.) artistic/poetic licence
the way in which a painter or writer changes the facts of the real world to make their story, description, or picture of events more interesting or more beautiful
5.) ¦(EXCUSE)¦ [U and C]
the freedom or opportunity to behave in a way that is wrong or immoral
licence to do sth
Police say it gives youngsters licence to break the law.
6.) licence to print money
an opportunity to make a lot of money without much work or effort - especially used to show disapproval
COLLOCATES for sense 1
do something without a licence
a licence to do something
apply for a licence
grant/issue a licence
renew a licence
lose your licence (=have your licence taken away)
driving licence British English
driver's license American English
licence fee BrE (=the money a licence costs)
licence holder BrE (=a person who has a licence)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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