From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlicenceli‧cence British English, license American English /ˈlaɪsəns/ ●●●S3W2 noun 🔊 🔊 1document [countable]LET/ALLOW an officialdocument giving you permission to own or do something for a period of time → permit 🔊 The dealers applied for an export licence. 🔊 He was arrested for driving without a license. 🔊 The Tennessee Valley Authority applied for a license to operate the facility. 🔊 The owner of land could grant a licence to cut and remove timber. 🔊 I forgot to renew my licence. 🔊 Persistent offenders face losing their licence. →driving licence2agreement [countable, uncountable] an agreement with a company or organization giving permission to make, sell, or use their productunder licence 🔊 Guinness is brewed under licence in South Africa.single-user/10-user/site licence (=permission for computer software to be used by a certain number of people or in a certain place only) 🔊 a licence agreement3freedom [uncountable]FREE TO DO WHAT YOU WANTfreedom to do or say what you think is best 🔊 Headteachers should be allowed greater licence in the exercise of their power.4 →artistic/poetic licence5excuse [countable, uncountable]RIGHT/HAVE THE RIGHT TO the freedom or opportunity to behave in a way that is wrong or immorallicence to do something 🔊 Police say it gives youngsters licence to break the law.6 →licence to print moneyCOLLOCATIONSverbshave a licenceCafé Metropole does not yet have a license to sell liquor.hold a licence British English (=have a licence)Police said that the man did not hold a firearms licence.get/gain/obtain a licenceNew private pilots must fly for at least fifty hours before getting their licences.apply for a licenceA doctor who moves to another state must apply for a license to practice medicine there.grant/issue a licenceHe was granted his flying instructor’s licence.renew a licenceThe licence must be renewed yearly.lose your licenceThe police caught him driving while drunk and he will now lose his licence.a licence runs out (also a licence expires formal) (=it ends)Her driver’s license had expired.take away somebody’s licence (also revoke somebody's licence formal)The doctor had his license revoked after he was found to be on drugs.types of licencea driving licence British English, a driver's license American English80 percent of 18 year olds had a driver’s license.a pilot’s licenceShe became the youngest woman to hold a pilot’s licence.a television licence British English (=which allows you to use your television and pays for public television programmes)Buying a television means you will need a television licence.a marriage licence (=a licence that allows two people to marry each other)We went to get a marriage licence.a fishing/hunting licence (=a licence that allows you to fish/hunt)He renewed his hunting license.an import/export licenceAn export licence was issued in August last year.a provisional licence British English (=a temporary driving licence before you get your full licence)Learner drivers need to obtain a provisional licence.a full licence (=one that is not temporary and has no restrictions)They offer insurance cover for drivers over 25 and under 70 years of age with a full licence.licence + NOUNthe licence holder British English (=the person who has a licence)the licence holder of a public housea licence fee (=money you have to pay to get a licence)The BBC is funded by a licence fee which all television owners have to pay.