li·cense /ˈlaɪsṇ(t)s/ 名詞
Li·cense v. t. [imp. & p. p. Licensed p. pr. & vb. n. Licensing.] To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.
Syn: -- licence, certify.
Li·cense n. [Written also licence.]
1. 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.
To have a license and a leave at London to dwell. --P. Plowman.
2. The document granting such permission.
3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
License they mean when they cry liberty. --Milton.
4. 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.
Syn: -- Leave; liberty; permission.
n 1: a legal document giving official permission to do something
[syn: licence, permit]
2: freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable
rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
3: 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 [syn: licence]
4: the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
[syn: permission, permit]
v : authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in this
state" [syn: licence, certify] [ant: decertify]