Meaning of LICENSE in English

I. noun

or li·cence ˈlī-s ə n(t)s

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French licence, from Latin licentia, from licent-, licens, present participle of licēre to be permitted

Date: 14th century


a. : permission to act

b. : freedom of action


a. : a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful

b. : a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted

c. : a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights


a. : freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility

b. : disregard for standards of personal conduct : licentiousness

4. : deviation from fact, form, or rule by an artist or writer for the sake of the effect gained

Synonyms: see freedom

• licensed adjective

II. transitive verb

also licence

( li·censed also li·cenced ; li·cens·ing also li·cenc·ing )

Date: 15th century


a. : to issue a license to

b. : to permit or authorize especially by formal license

2. : to give permission or consent to : allow

• li·cens·able -s ə n(t)-sə-bəl adjective

• li·cen·sor -sər, ˌli-s ə n-ˈsȯr also li·cens·er -sər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.