Definition of license in English:

license

(British licence)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Grant a licence to.

    ‘a pub has to be licensed by the local justices’
    with object and infinitive ‘he ought not to have been licensed to fly a plane’
    1. 1.1Authorize the use, performance, or release of (something)
      ‘the company expect that the drug will soon be licensed for use in the USA’
    2. 1.2dated Permit (someone) to do something.
      with object and infinitive ‘he was licensed to do no more than send a message’

Origin

Late Middle English from licence. The spelling -se arose by analogy with pairs such as practice, practise.

Pronunciation

license

/ˈlʌɪs(ə)ns/