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noun license pronunciation in American English /ˈlaɪs(ə)ns/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something
    a driver’s license
    a restaurant that has no liquor license (=giving permission to sell alcohol)
    She was arrested for practicing medicine without a license.
    lose your license (=be no longer allowed to do something): Anyone caught driving dangerously will automatically lose their license.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal official permission for someone to do something
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] formal freedom to say or do what you want
      The designers were allowed a lot of creative license.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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