green light


Definition of green light

: authority or permission to proceed

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Other Words from green light

green-light \ ˈgrēn-​ˌlīt How to pronounce green-light (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of green light in a Sentence

we were given the green light to use the town commons for our fund-raiser
Recent Examples on the Web Others are giving traditional ski school a green light. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 That event, held Monday at the State Capitol, was the unfortunate equivalent of giving Minnesotans the green light to take off snow tires as a blizzard blew in. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "With COVID gathering strength, don't let guard down," 24 Oct. 2020 San Francisco got a green light for lessened restrictions on such activities schools, pools and churches, pending approval by local health officials. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 16-22," 23 Oct. 2020 The Food and Drug Administration showed its green light for the drug, which is marketed as Veklury, yesterday. David Meyer, Fortune, "Meeting the reskilling challenge," 23 Oct. 2020 China's securities regulator said Wednesday that Ant has received the green light for its Shanghai public offering, and has now cleared all regulatory hurdled for a dual-listing that is expected to rake in billions. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Ant Group IPO gets the green light from regulators for its blockbuster listing," 22 Oct. 2020 Additionally, a dramatic reboot titled Bel-Air already got the green light for two seasons on Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Will Smith Celebrates 30th Anniversary of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' With Heartfelt Cast Reunion Pics," 11 Sep. 2020 Providence: Even though Gov. Gina Raimondo has given most public school districts in the state the green light for full in-person classes this fall, questions and concerns remain for teachers and administrators. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Lumber cost jacked, turtle benefit, eviction relief: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2020 Peyton is frustrated because the Amphitheater district hasn't given any green light for its football team to even start Phase 1 workouts, which would involve small groups distanced six feet apart, without a football. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Tucson-area twins prepare for football at different schools; COVID-19 policy could delay season for one," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of green light

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for green light

from the green traffic light which signals permission to proceed

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The first known use of green light was in 1937

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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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