Definitions of license

  1. To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.
  2. Grant permission by law. Also, licence.
  3. To grant license to: to authorize or permit.
  4. To grant license to; permit.
  5. To authorize; permit.
  6. To permit by grant of authority; to authorise.
  7. a legal document giving official permission to do something
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
  11. 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.
  12. Authority to act at discretion; permission; leave; unrestrained liberty; legal permission; as, an automobile license; permitted variation from a rule; as, poetic license.
  13. Leave; grant of permission; abuse of freedom.
  14. Authority granted to do ro omit an act; also, unrestrained or unwarrantable liberty of actlon.
  15. Leave; permission; a certificate giving permission; excess or abuse of liberty.