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verb [transitive] [often passive] license pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪs(ə)ns/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theylicense
he/she/itlicenses
present participlelicensing
past tenselicensed
past participlelicensed

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  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.

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