Meaning of LICENSE in English (also licence)

1. grant a licence to (a person).

2 authorize the use of (premises) for a certain purpose, esp. the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquor.

3 authorize the publication of (a book etc.) or the performance of (a play).

4 archaic allow.

Phrases and idioms:

licensed victualler see VICTUALLER.


licensable adj. licenser n. licensor n.

Etymology: ME f. LICENCE: -se on analogy of the verbs PRACTISE, PROPHESY, perh. after ADVISE, where the sound differs from the corresp. noun

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.