green light

noun

Definition of green light

: authority or permission to proceed

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 Action planet Mars is in your subconscious realm, giving you the green light to take things slow and easy. Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2022 Maybe the streamer should have actually watched the show before giving this idea the green light. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 14 June 2022 The Santee City Council in late 2020 approved the Fanita Ranch project, giving the green light to 3,000 new homes in hills northeast of San Diego. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Maddon did not hesitate giving Wade the green light. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Eight resolutions and ordinances giving the green light to around 3,000 homes in the hills beyond Santee Lakes must be overturned, San Diego Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal recently wrote. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 The investment-case pitch is that the first e-planes will win certification approval in the next two years, giving the green light for planemakers to ramp up production and create a market virtually from scratch. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 New neighbors are coming to a Valley Station subdivision, with a city committee giving the green light to allow a drug rehabilitation treatment center to open in an old church. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2022 Chinese regulators are awaiting more data from Pfizer and still need to negotiate the pricing before giving the green light, the person said. Sha Hua And Keith Zhai, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

2 Aug 2022

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“Green light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20light. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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