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license (v.)

c. 1400, "grant formal authorization to do what would be illegal to do without it," from licence (n.), which see for the modern attempt at differentiation of spelling. Related: Licensed; Licensing.

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Definitions of license from WordNet
1
license (n.)
a legal document giving official permission to do something;
Synonyms: licence / permit
license (n.)
freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech);
Synonyms: licence
license (n.)
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;
Synonyms: licence
license (n.)
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization;
Synonyms: permission / permit
2
license (v.)
authorize officially;
I am licensed to practice law in this state
Synonyms: licence / certify
From wordnet.princeton.edu