li·​cens·​ee | \ ˌlī-sᵊn(t)-ˈsē How to pronounce licensee (audio) \

Definition of licensee

: one that is licensed

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Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics, which sets them apart from other real estate licensees and protects all parties to the real estate transaction. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real estate: Realtors promote National Homeownership Month," 7 June 2019 Proponents also emphasized that the bill would not provide a path to citizenship and would not enable licensees to board planes. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives," 17 June 2019 In addition to the up-front fee, licensees must also pay $1 per device per day. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "How scooters have changed Indianapolis after 1 year," 11 June 2019 Northwestern not only is off-limits for a sports book, the legislature has prohibited any Illinois licensee from taking bets on anything involving Illinois schools. Phil Rosenthal,, "Here’s when sports gambling could be legal in Illinois, and answers to other questions about casinos and betting," 4 June 2019 The announcement comes after Saban Brands picked Hasbro Inc. as the master toy licensee for the Power Ranger line in February., "Senators band together to fight closure of Boston office that handles federal employee rights," 2 May 2018 Because liquor licensees have to run an establishment a minimum number of hours per week, Heil’s plan is to open a bar as a part of an event center. Heather Kennison, The Seattle Times, "Idaho funeral homes are becoming more like event centers," 18 Feb. 2018 However, the companies that would take over as licensees all have close ties to Sinclair and its chairman, David Smith. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "FCC Chairman Has ‘Serious Concerns’ With Sinclair-Tribune Deal," 16 July 2018 Bianca Elizabeth Ibarria, 23, and Adalberto deJesus Vasquez Pelayo Jr., 24, also of South Los Angeles, are charged with making a false statement in a federal firearm licensee's records during the purchase of a firearm. Richard Winton,, "Two Gardena police officers charged with illegally selling more than 100 guns," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of licensee

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of licensee

business : a person or company that has a license to have, make, do, or use something


li·​cens·​ee | \ ˌlīs-ᵊn-ˈsē How to pronounce licensee (audio) \

Legal Definition of licensee

: one to whom a license is given a patent licensee specifically : one (as a firefighter in the course of his or her duty) who is on the property of another by authority of law or by the consent or invitation of the possessor — see also bare licensee, social guest — compare invitee, trespasser

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