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noun licence pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪs(ə)ns/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something
    Have you got your driving licence yet?
    He was charged with possessing a shotgun without a licence.
    lose your licence (=be no longer allowed to do something): Anyone caught driving dangerously will automatically lose their licence.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] freedom to say or do what you want
    The designers were allowed great licence to let their imaginations run.
    Being angry doesn’t give you licence to treat others so rudely.



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