licence - definition and synonyms


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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.