Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

license

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] [often passive] license pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪs(ə)ns/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theylicense
he/she/itlicenses
present participlelicensing
past tenselicensed
past participlelicensed
  1. 1
    if someone is licensed to do something, they have official permission to do it from a government, business, or other authority

    Are you licensed to carry a firearm?

    The shop is not licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.

  2. 2
    if something is licensed, people have official permission to use it

    The vaccine was licensed in 1986 by the Food and Drug Administration.

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog