LI'CENSE, n. [L. licentia, from liceo, to be permitted.]1. Leave; permission; authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act. A license may be verbal or written; when written, the paper containing the authority is called a license. A man is not permitted to retail spirituous liquors till he has obtained a license.2. Excess of liberty; exorbitant freedom; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum.License they mean, when they cry liberty.
LI'CENSE, v.t.1. To permit by grant of authority; to remove legal restraint by a grant of permission; as, to license a man to keep an inn.2. To authorize to act in a particular character; as, to license a physician or a lawyer.3. To dismiss. [Not in use.]