Licence vs. License

This time, we will work on the differences and similarities between these two words. Well, ready to expand your knowledge? Come on.

"Licence" vs. "License" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to an authorized certificate that permits one to do something. However, 'license' functions as both a noun and a verb in the American spelling, whereas, 'licence' is a noun and 'license' is a verb in British English.

Differences

'License' is the American spelling, while, 'licence' is a noun and 'license' is a verb in British English. Look at the following examples:

Have you got your driver's license?

It seems that my driver's licence has been expired.

Similarities

Both refer to an authorized certificate that allows someone to do something. Check out the following examples:

By taking our guitar lessons, you will receive an official license at the end of your musical course.

The first time I went into his room, I saw many different medical licences on that wall.

Are They Interchangeable?

Native speakers use them interchangeably. Compare:

✓ Her sister saw that she burned her Entertainer licence.

✓ Her sister saw that she burned her Entertainer license.

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