Meaning of LICENSE in English

— licensable , adj. — licenseless , adj. — licenser; esp. Law, licensor , n.

/luy"seuhns/ , n. , v. , licensed, licensing .


1. formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.

2. a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.

3. permission to do or not to do something.

4. intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic license.

5. exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.

6. excessive or undue freedom or liberty.

7. licentiousness.

8. the legal right to use a patent owned by another.


9. to grant authoritative permission or license to.

[ 1325-75; ME licence licentia authorization, L: freedom, equiv. to licent- (s. of licens, prp. of licere to be allowed) + -ia -IA; see -ENCE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .