franchise - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a formal agreement for someone to sell a company’s products or services in a particular place, in exchange for a payment or part of the profits

    Several teams bid for the franchise.

    1. a.
      [countable] an arrangement under which a television or radio company is allowed to broadcast in a particular area of the country, or a railway company is allowed to operate trains in a particular area
      win/lose a franchise:

      His company won the London weekday franchise.

    2. b.
      [countable] a business that operates under a franchise system
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the right to vote in elections

    the extension of the franchise to women

    the principle of universal franchise